The Bible teaches that God created everything. I don’t want to get into the particulars of how He did it just now, I just know that He did. As I said, everything! That’s big beyond any concept of large I can muster. I am too limited by space, time and lack of brain-power to get my mind around this in any reasonable way. I accept on faith that there was a time when there was nothing until God put creation on the board.
So He’s a Big God with unlimited power and creativity. The way He has designed things in nature, the working inter-dependence of all these moving parts is evidence enough for me that an immeasurable mind is behind all we can see.
Reading the Scriptures also reveals that God has an equally large heart. He knew/knows we are a broken lot, like lost sheep without a shepherd. Even on our best day, we fail at times to live lives that are worthy of the praise God deserves. Still, His heart is for absolutely everyone to enter in to a personal, one on one relationship with Him. We are invited, just as we are, to enter into the most one-sided relationship there ever could be: us with God!
The question then, with the unequaled vastness and power of God established, why come into the world as a tiny baby? My logical mind says He ought to have made a bigger splash upon entry. Blessedly, my logical mind is not the impetus behind God’s salvation plan!
I believe the answer to this question lies in the very greatness of God I’ve mentioned: He knew He could have blown away people with a display of fireworks that got their attention. He could have written across the sky “I HAVE ARRIVED.” And should He have entered history more like this, it seems even less likely that an infant child would be the preferred vessel to carry and then bear the message of salvation.
Ah, but there’s that heavenly, boundless wisdom again. God knows how much we are drawn to the bright and shiny new thing. Our curiosity and desire to be entertained draws us like a moth to a light. The problem is, like that moth, it is the brightness that is the attraction, not the Maker of the light. Furthermore, we tend to be quickly bored, making us look for the next bright thing.
I believe God chose to come to us as a baby to challenge us to grow out of that shallow life of bouncing off one light to look for the next. Also, Scripture teaches us that God desires us to come to Him, that we may develop into the children He wants us to be.
How can this be? Recall that He is beyond measure in all things, allowing Him to be more than capable of meeting the desire of every heart that chooses to follow Him. As we do, we can joyfully discover the depths of His love, evidenced first in His humbly coming to us a babe.
When we approach the God of the Universe with our own measure of child-like wonder, He reveals the greater plan at work that He set in motion at the birth of Jesus we rightfully celebrate this season.
The greater plan, of course, is the saving of a lost world. The plan is set and is at work, but much darkness still persists. The world chases the next shiny thing or follows the person will the most bombastic rhetoric while the baby in the manger still calls.
Only a God beyond measure would downsize enough to come as a baby to show all mankind He is more than big enough to handle the job of salvation. In this Christmas season, I invite you to allow the super-natural wonder of the birth of Jesus to amaze you, for the first time or the One-hundredth; and may the joy it is intended to bring be yours beyond measure, just like God is.
Merry Christmas from Pastor Chuck at Lakeside Christian Ministries!