One of my favorite Christmas stories comes from John 1. I know it’s not the usual baby in a manger scene you might expect, but it helps me soak in the Christmas miracle a little better than that well-known picture of Mary and Joseph bent over a cradle.
In John 1, a picture is painted of Jesus Christ being God. The same God who was there when the world was formed, the same God who created that world and each and every one of us.
Be still, and know.
Be still and soak in the power of God, the Creator.
God, the Creator, became a man, the creation.
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The first thought that comes to mind is 26-year-old-me being stuck in a baby’s body. How limiting that can be… little control over my limbs, complete dependence on mom and dad to feed, change, and clothe me.
I am only 26-years-old and not nearly as wise, righteous, and amazing as God… and I don’t think I’d like going back to being a baby.
Yet God… who IS all knowing, all powerful, all present, humbles Himself to human limitations.
Not just human limitations, but baby limitations. So that He could connect with us in a tangible way, and provide us the best Christmas gift.
Philippians 2:6-8 “Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Jesus Christ was fully God and fully Man. The only one completely pure, good, and just, the only one who was deserving of eternal life, left His throne for us.
Have you let the Christmas miracle soak in? Have you let the audacious love of God soak in? It’s tremendous.
What parts of the Christmas story excite you? What inspires you?