We don’t have to guess what God is like. Nor do we have to respond like the little boy who looked up at the sky and asked his mother, “Is God up there?” When she assured him that He was, the youngster replied, “Wouldn’t it be nice if He would put His head out and let us see Him?”
What that boy didn’t understand is that God did let us see Him. By sending His Son Jesus to earth, the heavenly Father fully revealed Himself as He is. Jesus was God “manifested in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16), He made this clear when He said to Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Theologians refer to this truth as the incarnation.
This is the good news of Christmas, that God has shown us what He is like in the person of His Son. He left heaven’s glory and came down to earth to be born of a virgin. All the attributes of the infinite God resided in the Baby that Mary cradled in a Bethlehem manger. He was the “image of the invisible God,” the One by whom “all things were created” and in whom “all things consist” (Colossians 1:15-17).
As we pause to celebrate Jesus’ birth, remember who He is. In Him we see displayed the holiness, the grace, and the love of the eternal God.
At Christmas, God did step out of heaven. – Paul R. Van Gorder
One day God opened heaven’s door
And came to dwell on earth;
He clothed Himself in human flesh –
A Babe of lowly birth. – D. J. De Haan
Bethlehem’s stable was the first step in God’s love-journey to Calvary’s cross.
December 20, 1990