The “true meaning of Christmas” is a much-debated idea. In Western, secular culture, the “true meaning” is no longer connected to the physical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. In fact, many insist that making that connection necessary leads us further away from the true meaning, since to do so is seen as being too divisive. But what if it’s true? Even if you don’t believe it, do you understand what’s at stake in the question? This passage helps us, because it shows us what the Incarnation actually does for us (and what we would lose if we reject it).