For many the Christmas story, the real one about the birth of Jesus, is very familiar. Growing up we celebrated the miraculous moment when God stepped into human form. We can tell of the angelic visits to Zacharias in the Temple, and to Mary, and to the shepherd in the field. We can describe Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem and the events before and after the baby was born.
That familiarity carries with it wonderful blessings. It may also tend to have some negative impacts. Sometimes we hear the story so many times we become dull to the wonder of it. We find ourselves in a place of reciting every account of the story without finding ourselves in awe of the greatest moment the world have ever experienced.
God stepped out of eternity and into HIs creation. The author wrote Himself into the narrative and became its central character by living among those He loved. He was at one time both fully God and fully man. Not a portion of each but fully each. God becoming flesh is profoundly mysterious. Perhaps a few questions can renew our amazement this Christmas.
- Exactly how is it that the God of the universe became utterly dependent on a young lady?
- Did Mary ever ask Jesus to go count the stars with her? (and succeed)
- Did Jesus have to learn how to walk, learn how to talk, learn how to use a hammer? (As fully God that is absurd, but as fully man, of course He did) Can you picture Joseph correcting Jesus’ use of the hammer…..the One who spoke the universe into existence)
- Did Mary have to teach Baby God that He was God?
One of the greatest blessings of being in a Christian school is an annual emphasis on Christmas. December brings with it a shift toward our own awe and wonder about His Incarnation. Take some time in the coming weeks to share that wonder with your children. The Father did the same in Emmanuel….God with us.
Todd R. Marrah, Ph.D