It seems rather unbecoming for a God

Matthew 1:23

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”

Sometimes I am afraid that we have become so accustomed to the Nativity Story that it has lost its wonder.Like an old shoe or a comfortable pair of jeans, every Christmas many Christians slip into the holiday routine. We are charged emotionally, but only by temporal joys or temporal stresses.

The awe of Christ, Immanuel, God with us, is so easily forgotten…

John Piper says it like this:
“You can read every fairy tale that was ever written, every mystery thriller, every ghost story, and you will never find anything so shocking, so strange, so weird and spellbinding as the story of the incarnation of the Son of God.”

It is so strange:
The God of the universe wants man’s attention, to redirect the hearts of the world, to overcome death, and to shape all of humanity’s future.

Immanuel:
He does this through a fragile baby born to a conquered, abused people with no important social position or status.
It seems rather unbecoming for a God.

Immanuel:
He does this through a young lady in a way that almost seems contradictory to the same standards he has asked his people to live by for thousands of years.
It seems rather unbecoming for a God.

Immanuel:
He comes to us as a man in a very temporary way. The king comes, but only briefly, and doesn’t even assume an earthly throne. He turns down political power and establishes influence through the work with ordinary.
It seems rather unbecoming for a God.

Immanuel:
John Calvin says “But in Christ the actual presence of God with his people, and not, as before, his shadowy presence.” God finally steps out of the distant shadows and walks with man again, but fragile, vulnerable, and doomed to be tortured and die. The story of Jesus coming into the world is much more macabre (gruesome, unappealing) than many are willing to admit in our nursery stories.
It seems rather unbecoming for a God.

Immanuel:
He seems rather unbecoming for a God, a being of vastly superior power and intellect. Unless, our very perception of greatness is also flawed.

See, He isn’t just a god, a superior being. He is the one who shattered man’s social value system, who rewrites humanity’s purpose, who lives forever and shows us the way to eternal life. He exposes our faults, yet forgives them. He is justice and he is mercy. He is the answer to our deepest metaphysical questions.

He isn’t just a god, He is Jesus, He is Immanuel. He is God with us. He is the re-setter of humanity’s steps. It is strange, extraordinary, and maybe even odd.

This is Jesus – he isn’t just a god, he is my savior.

Oh, how I pray that the miraculous awe of God would fall on us, that childlike wonder would permeate deeply, that there would be an emotional invasion of mystery, and the miraculous would captivate us again.

I pray this year our first priority would be to make Jesus glorious, to make Jesus famous.

References:

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 1:23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

http://solidjoys.desiringgod.org/en/devotionals/that-you-may-believe

Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, p. 105). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
God comes out of the distant shadows and walks with man again, but he does so as a lamb.

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