Isn’t it amazing that God, who made everything and is the source of life, recreated Himself in the form of a human baby? God, who was never born because He has always been, is now working Himself through His mother’s birth canal. God who has everything and does not need anything, turns into this bundle of joy demanding constant attention – food, shelter, clean up. All of you parents can probably relate. Not sleeping through the night because Baby needs food! Or Baby has other issues. Diaper needs changing, we can smell it! Oh boy, who is getting up now?
So God became human and needy. That’s just so odd and mind boggling! Why would God do such a thing?
Well, don’t expect anything conventional coming from the creative Godhead, the One who thought up the entire universe! It’s in His nature to come up with something extraordinary, something unexpected to solve a problem – and bridging the ever-widening gulf between the Godhead and His creation is a major problem.
It all began when the seed of distrust was sown, a long time ago, when the fateful words were spoken: “Did God really say?” Ever since there is fear, misinformation, and a lot of superstition. Death puts the stamp of futility on everything we know. The eternal God on the other hand is untouched by death – and seemingly out of touch for us humans.
Then a couple of millennia ago – boom! The Word became human. The Immortal became mortal; God became one of us, and if this is not bridging the great divide, then what else does? The God from way out there touched ground and lived on planet Earth, in the here and now. We could literally touch Him. We could put a face to His name. 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)