The Word became flesh—here

As we draw closer to December 25th I want to share a reminder that we are remembering and celebrating actual historical events.

These aren’t just old stories; they are eternal stories. The Gospels are historical records which have been carefully preserved.

Luke’s Gospel tells us about the census, the shepherds, the Inn and the manger. But how did he know about them in the first place? Chapter 1 explains that he wrote an “orderly account” after consulting “eyewitnesses.” And that’s just one Gospel. 

In a basilica in Nazareth there is an altar which is inscribed with these Latin words “Verbum caro hic factum est.” Here is what they mean: “The Word became flesh here.” The first four words are from John 1:14—that God became flesh (a human) in Jesus.

But the word “here” is added. This is a reminder to visitors of Nazareth that this is the very town in which Jesus was raised. It happened “here.”

Archaeologists have even come to believe that they may have found the location of Jesus’ boyhood home—a very basic lodging cut into a rocky hillside.*

We are living in a time of exciting and unprecedented archaeological discovery—and they keep confirming details already found in the Bible! [For more on that, and some extra historical and background information on the nativity story see the link below.]

I feel the need to share this because the Christian faith is coming under increasing attack. People doubt and mock the very idea of God’s existence or the reliability of the Bible. They say the church is man-made and that anyone who is a part of it is delusional, wrong, or even bad.

Not so. In Jesus, God comes to us personally on a rescue mission of grace and truth. Believing in God isn’t just a matter of faith, but of reason. His words are trustworthy, and his purposes in the world and in our lives are a source of potent hope, light and love.

Be confident and be informed. And be the blessing God intended you to be.


–“A closer look at the nativity in Luke 2:1-20: politics, fear, subversion, war and hope.” If you want to go deeper with this historic (and surprising) story; this is for you. Click here or subscribe to ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Audible or Amazon Music.

–Are you looking for a place to worship on Christmas Eve? Click here for what’s happening at Westminster in Barrie, Canada.

–*Some of the more recent archaeological discovers about first century Judea are explained in: Robert J. Hutchinson, Searching for Jesus (Nashville: Nelson, 2015).

–Bible quotes are from the NIV. 

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