A few nights ago, I begun a reading plan in the bible app which I use titled ‘majesty in a manger’. So close to Christmas, I always like to write a post aimed towards this time of year; the birth of the Saviour, celebration, family, Christmas carols and so much joy.
One of the theological concepts that have always struck me as a scientist is the concept where Jesus Christ is 100% God but also 100% man. Mathematically it makes no sense to me. Full to the brim with divinity, full to the brim with humanity. Its illogical and the human mind with all its logic cannot comprehend it.
Every year at Christmas we are reminded that Jesus Christ was born. The Ancient of Days took on human flesh. The God who created the entire cosmos underwent 9 months of human development in the womb of Mary. The one who fashioned humanity after His likeness fashioned Himself to be as we are. Born a human infant.
An infant; 100% human. 100% God. All the fullness of God dwelling inside a human baby. All of the power and majesty of the eternal Creator inhabiting a helpless, mortal human body.
Isaiah 53 contains some of the most astounding prophecy in all of Isaiah. Isaiah speaks of a suffering servant who would die for the sins of many, but also includes this:
“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.” ~ Isaiah 53:2 ESV
Christ had no form or majesty that humanity should take notice of Him; no beauty that He should be desired. In fact, the Christmas story shows us the opposite.
The God of all the universe who’s coming should have been announced with fireworks, trumpets and choirs of singing angels was instead met with the sound of braying farm animals and the sounds of an inn too full for Him. The King of all creation, who inhabits the throne of Heaven and deserving to be born into the richest of families and best of castles was born into a stable and slept His first night in a feeding trough (manger).
His coming was signaled through several places by Old Testament prophets, yet His greeting party consisted of a few poor shepherds and a few wise men from afar. Men who interpreted a vague Hebrew prophecy about the star of Bethlehem (men who weren’t even Jewish at that).
The One who spoke the universe into motion incapable of speaking any words, yet simultaneous sovereign over the entire universe – “Although the baby Jesus that Mary held could not utter a word, he concurrently spoke all the words holding the entire universe together.” ~ Greg Sukert
To take the words of John Piper, “We must see and feel the incomparable excellency of the Son of God. Incomparable because in Him meet infinite glory and lowest humility, infinite majesty and transcendent meekness, deepest reverence for God and equality with God, infinite worthiness of good and greatest patience to suffer evil, supreme dominion and exceeding obedience, divine self sufficiency and child like trust.”
There was nothing spectacular about the coming of Christ to this earth; nothing that should make humanity pay attention. His coming was humble and lowly, emptied of all the glory He rightfully deserved, yet His Godhood intact. The coming of Christ was not what the people expected but He is exactly what they needed.
The Christmas story is not meant to be logical to us. It shows the rightful King of Israel and ruler all the earth born into nothing. It shows us a human baby worshiped by shepherds and Gentiles, in whom all the fullness of God existed. It shows us a baby who’s mission on this earth was to bring salvation to all people by His death.
Logical or not, if the Christmas message is true then there is cause for celebration. Emmanuel has come and He has come to save us. If it were not for that first Christmas those 2000 years ago, we would have no reason to celebrate. Thanks be to God that He came, He died, He rose again and He reigns forevermore on the throne.
Emmanuel; our reason to worship this Christmas.