Earthy.

Gritty, a bit too real, not exactly pretty.
That was the scene when God arrived in human flesh.

A pregnant girl away from home.  No room at the inn.
Dirt.  Animals.  Animal stuff.  The baby comes.

As we get closer to Christmas,
I’d like us to think a bit about God’s view of that day.

Let’s back up a bit - before Bethlehem.

God Almighty.  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Enjoying perfect, unbroken fellowship - since forever.
Existing without sin, guilt, regret or pain.

Created us - and felt our pain.  And chose to take our sin.
So, the Son left Heaven (His perfect, unstained, glorious, beautiful home).
He took a human body - became a baby (small, weak, dependent, vulnerable).
And He was born into a dirty, cold, meager stable.

 

“…Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men. 

And being found in human form,
He humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death, even death on a cross…”

(Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

 

Jesus set aside His glory-  and stepped away from Heaven.  Willingly.
Without hesitation.  When no other option to save us was possible:


    “…not my will, but yours, be done.”   (Luke 22:42 ESV)


Why?  To die - on a horrific cross.   And far worse, to bear our sin.

Love.  Great love. For you and for me. 

    “Greater love has no one than this,
    that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
  (John 15:13 ESV)

He came for love.  To show His love for you, for me.
There was nothing in it for Him - except us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

(John 3:16 ESV)

 

The BEST Christmas present EVER.
Receive it.  Cherish it.

- Pastor Cory