Christmas. What a plan. What a God-sized plan.
Christmas was not concocted from the dreams of men. Christmas came from God’s own heart.
This Christmas Day, I’m pondering the absolute beauty of the act that God the Father made in sending His son to earth. I’m considering the absolute courage the Son of God made coming to earth in humanity. He didn’t have to, but He did because of love.
Jesus was born to die. He knew what He was getting into when He came to earth. He knew the future. Although, I believe all that was wiped clean when He came into the world as a little baby.
He had to grow and learn as He grew. His parents had to be instrumental in teaching Him who He was. They carried a heavy burden of responsibility. I believe that is what was happening in the statement “He grew in stature and wisdom and favor with God and man.” That happened during the first 12 years of His life. He had given up His position in heaven to be human. He didn’t remember that. He had to learn it.
From birth there probably was a knowing inside of Him, a connection with His Father. How disconcerting it must have been to be the ruler of the universe and be reduced to a helpless baby put in the care of humans whom He knew had faults and sins and troubles.
He knew the possibility of what humans could do to mess with His life and life plans. He knew it all and yet because of love, He came anyway.
If you and I knew going into a situation that it would mean our death, would we do it? If it meant giving our life would mean that billions and trillions of others would live, would we do it?
For instance, would we willingly give up everything we have in the U.S., all the luxuries to go to a third world country. I’m not talking about going as a missionary with the support of a board or group of family and friends but, to go without any resources.
Would we consent to live in a tiny one-room mud hut with 10 other people not knowing where our next meal would come from? Would we willingly cut ourselves off from friends and family never to contact them again in this life? Would we do it if it meant that we would give up the rights we knew in our other life?
If we knew that going and facing possible death by disease and starvation would for sure mean the salvation of millions in that country, would we do it then?
I’m going to be totally honest here, I would not. I’m not that spiritual. I wish I was but, I am not.
Yet, Jesus did this and more. He knew he was giving up everything to live as nothing. He knew his destiny was death and not just any death but, the worst kind of death possible. Yet, he came anyway.
He came as baby in the manger. He came to die. He came for you and me. He came to be resurrected from the dead.
His very life was a parable for us. He shows us that we, too, can be resurrected from the death of our sin nature, to live as a new creation.
“If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing (Adam’s), can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?” (Romans 5:17 The Message)
He came to die. He came to live. He came so that we could live forever. He came to give us a “wildly extravagant life-gift.”
Wow. What a plan. What a God-sized plan.