Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. My family enjoys this season more than any other. We put up trees, string lights and wrap gifts. We listen to Christmas music and watch cheesy Christmas movies. We plan and attend parties and events. And there is no shortage of Christmas goodies and eggnog in the Wahl home.
Sometimes, I get so caught up in the fun of the season that I lose sight of its purpose – to celebrate the truth that God came to us.
What a profound thought: God came to us. God – the eternally omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, Creator of the universe – came to us. The One who hung the stars, came to us. The Ruler of the ages wrapped Himself in dirt and came to earth.
He did not send an emissary, ambassador or representative. He did not send an angel or other created being but He came to us Himself.
We were not summoned to Him. He did not insist that we figure out how to get to Him or require us to create a path to Him. He did not demand that we find a way to Him. Instead He came to us.
He came to us because we could not go to Him. Sin had created an abyss between humanity and God, separating us. It was impossible for us to cross this chasm. So He came to bridge the gap.
He came to us because we could never do enough, give enough or be enough to make a way to Him. Nothing we could do would change the separation from Him. So He came to give all He is and be the final sacrifice for sin so that we could know Him.
He came to us because we could never find the way. We were hopelessly lost, wandering aimlessly, trying every path we stumbled across in hopes of finding Him. So He came to show us the way by becoming the Way.
Shrouded in darkness and hopelessly blind, we had no hope of ever finding God. So in His great love and compassion God came to show Himself to humanity, revealing Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. In John 14:9, Jesus says Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father! God came to us in Jesus.
It’s the story of the Bible – God reaching out to man. Every page, every chapter and verse is the revelation of Jesus: God coming to us.
This amazes me. It overwhelms me. I can’t wrap my mind around it. I can’t begin to understand it. What are mere mortals that You should think about them, human beings that You should care for them? Psalm 8:4
It’s the miracle of the ages. The unexplainable phenomenon of the universe. The wonder of all time. It’s what makes the most wonderful time of the year so wonderful. God came to us.
I enjoy all the fluff of Christmas. But I never want to lose sight of the true wonder of Christmas – that God came to us.