God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms. (Paul Scherer, late seminary professor)

Scherer’s comment doesn’t sound much like a seminary professor’s definition of Christmas, but it certainly states the most important event in history in simple, straight-forward terms. The theological term is “incarnation,” God taking on human flesh. Why? To experience human life and provide the necessary sacrifice (himself) to offer salvation for all who will trust him.

When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman… to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. (Galatians 4:4-5)