Christmas is the time we celebrate His coming. The time God came in human form and the world has never been the same.
We imagine what it must have been like for God – all-powerful, all-knowing – to limit Himself to human form, a helpless baby. Oh, but I believe we miss something. Jesus, in obedience to God the Father, “made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…” (Phil 2:7)
Jesus was born. So that means that Jesus was inside Mary”s womb. Jesus, creator of the universe, limited Himself to a two-celled embryo. He experienced the smallest form of life inside a virgin’s womb.
Can you see the shock of His angels? The incomprehensible nature of this event?
And He came. Heaven’s treasure stepped down into time and wrapped Himself in dirt the foundation of flesh.
I am not often willing to give up my will, my rights, my desires for someone else.
I want to watch this show.
I have the right of way.
I want to listen to this station.
I demand my way in everything.
Yet Jesus, creator (John 1), Prince of peace, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Wonderful Counselor (Isa 9:6), gave up power, gave up being omnipresent, and stepped into flesh and time. He traded seeing God face to face for seeing only His shadow. He gave it all up for us. He gave it up to “become obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8)
This life is often filled with grief, pain, mistakes, illness, but God came. We can find joy and peace in Immanuel, God with us. Whatever this Christmas brings to you, let us remember the reason we celebrate. He came!