The Word was God. (…) The Word became human and made his home among us.”
Amazing stuff! God, who has everything and does not need anything, became a human baby in need of everything – food, shelter, clean up. We get the picture. Babies die if not attended to. So God became human and put His life into human hands. In other words: the Word subjected Himself to the world He previously spoke into being. Why would God do such a thing?
I believe God went out of His way to bridge the gulf. God and His creation are not known to be a happily married couple; they look more like an estranged couple. Even though God created the whole universe, including planet Earth with all its inhabitants, there is a serious disconnection going on between Creator and created.
It all began when the seed of distrust was sown, a long time ago, when the fateful words were spoken: “Did God really say?” Now there is fear, there is misinformation, and there is a lot of superstition. Death puts the stamp of futility on everything we know. Nothing stays the same. Everything comes and goes. The eternal God on the other hand is untouched by death and seemingly out of touch for us humans.
Then something extraordinary happened: The Word became human. The Immortal became mortal; He became one of us. If this is not bridging the great divide, then what else does? The God from afar came close, living in the here and now, putting a face to the Great I Am. Looking into His face we see love, and we see glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son: Jesus.
“There He was to everyone’s delight in the middle of the night. What a beautiful wondrous sight!” (Christmas Bolero by Bill & Evelyn Snyder)