The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands – Acts 17:24
There are two kinds of things in the universe – that which is made and that which is not made. There is only one thing not made: God! Everything else is made. God created stars and planets, elements and minerals. God created and still sustains life and breath. Angels, archangels, cherubim, and seraphim are created. And while humans can “invent” and “create,” all that we do – at best – is merely derivative. God gives us knowledge. God graces us with talents. Indeed, God ultimately creates the atoms and protons which form the elements with which we supposedly “create.”
Let’s say this another way … There are two kinds of things in the universe – that which is limited and that which is unlimited. We’re finite; God is infinite. We’re mortal; God is eternal. There are limits to our power; God is omnipotent. We know bits; God is omniscient. We’re bound to time; God transcends it.
And the miracle of Christmas – of the incarnation – is that the infinite God willingly chose to limit himself. Philippians 2:6-8 records it like this: “though he was in the form of God, [Jesus-the-Son] did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave” That, indeed, is what “being born in human likeness” would have been like: slavery, confinement, limits, finitude. Philippians continues to explain this humble self-limiting, saying, “And being found in human form, he [Jesus] humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.”
The incarnation is God’s humble self-limiting. Our brains can process the concept, but I don’t think they can comprehend the magnitude of this condescension.
And it was done because of … love.
In Christ’s Love,
(a guy who likes to
say he’s creative,
but is really just