This Christmas season, I have been reminded anew of the depth of the Christmas story. The simplicity of it is that Eternal God took upon Himself the flesh of a human so that He could pay the price of death for the sin of all mankind. Crucifixion is one of the most horrific deaths, and for Jesus to go through that for us–for me–is astounding and humbling.
But some of the thoughts going through my mind are centered on just how much Jesus gave up for us.
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Hebrews 1:1-4
Jesus, Who created the whole universe and upholds it with His own power, did not cling to the privileges that He deserved. He could have required (and would have received) complete obedience and honor to His every demand. But knowing that we needed Him, and the salvation that He alone could provide, He humbled himself, submitting to the will of the Father.
6 Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, He Humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8
The simplicity of the Christmas story itself is a marvel. A simple young lady. A simple carpenter. Both willing to face the condemnation and stigma of a child conceived outside of marriage. They knew the truth that Jesus was conceived in a miraculous way, that Mary truly was a virgin. But not many would believe them. And would ostracize them. There was no sterile hospital, not even a comfortable home where she gave birth, but a humble stable, a cave where animals were kept. This is where the King of Glory–the Creator of all–was born.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
I hope you look at the manger scene in a new way this year. He is not just a cute little baby in a manger. He is the Creator of all Who gave up everything for you. What will you do with Jesus this Christmas? Come to Him. Kneel before Him and give Him your heart.