John 1:1-2, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

A couple of millennia ago, God became a human baby. God Almighty, who has everything and does not need anything, turns into this bundle of joy, helpless without His parents.

Why did God become human and needy? Why would He put Himself in such a precarious position?

I think we need to stop expecting anything conventional coming from the creative Godhead, the One who thought up the entire universe. It is in His nature to be extraordinary and solve problems with out-of-the-box thinking.

A major problem was created a long time ago, when seeds of distrust were sown. A snake asked one simple question: “Did God really say?” This question threw us off. We started assuming things about God that were not true. Ever since, there has been fear, misinformation and a whole lot of superstition.

Our estrangement from God has caused a substantial rift. Death puts a stamp of futility on everything we hold dear. Our eternal God, on the other hand, is untouched by death and decay – and this is why we commonly think that He is out of touch with our reality. Well, quite the opposite is true. God empathizes with us, so much so, that He decided to walk in our shoes. The Son of God came to bridge the rift that has come between us and our Creator.

Actions sometimes speak louder than words. Here is one very loud action: the Word became human; the Immortal became mortal; God became one of us. He entered our home turf and lived in the neighborhood. We could literally touch Him. We could put a face to His name. Looking into His face, we could see the One whose name is “Yahweh saves”, aka Jesus, the Messiah.

“There He was to everyone’s delight in the middle of the night. What a beautiful wondrous sight!” – Basically Two