What is the wonder of Christmas? That the incomprehensible, holy, eternal, omnipotent God put aside his privileges, left heaven and came to earth as a human infant. He was helpless, dependent, poor, limited by time and space. John describes Him as The Word. (cf. John 1:1-14)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Philippians describes it this way in chapter 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
CHRIST CAME TO BRING RECONCILIATION
We get so used to the story year after year that we don’t think about all the drama in the middle of the simplicity. When you stop to think about all the contrasts in this story, you have to shake your head in total wonder. Why? Why did He do it? He was the only one who could repair the relationship between God and man. He didn’t pretend there wasn’t a problem. He took care of it! He worked through the complete process of reconciliation even though none of us wanted to be reconciled!
There isn’t much about this story that makes sense from a human perspective. It is a story of scandalous grace, costly love beyond anything we can imagine and mercy? Mercy that is not deserved by any of the people who received it! Headlines like scandalous, shocking and beyond reason could all apply here.
CHRIST OPENS BLIND EYES AND HEARTS
With all the seeming complexities, the actual birth seems like quite a simple scene. He was born in a simple manger in a stable. Nothing dramatic there…well, except for the angels…and later the magi. If a person looked closely, they could see all kinds of marks of the supernatural. But a skeptic would never notice. They could explain everything away.
How like God! He puts the evidences of Himself everywhere. We can turn toward Him or go our own way. Our natural tendency of course, is to go our own way…away from Him.
This Christmas, let us appreciate together the fact that Christ came to earth in human form to be The Word. He not only told us about Himself, He showed us…who He is, how to be a servant, how to love…
Thank you Jesus!