HOW THE CHRISTMAS STORY REVEALS GOD’S POWER by Adriel Sanchez for Core Christianity
Imagine with me,
- Your legs are too weak to stand up or walk. If you want to get up or move someone must carry you.
- Your arms are weak and your hands uncoordinated. It is difficult for you to pick up and hold objects unless they are handed to you.
- Your head is large and heavy. So heavy that your neck can hardly support its weight.
- You lose your understanding and use of language. You can no longer speak to tell someone what you’re thinking, feeling, or what you want.
- You can no longer control your bowel movements. You are so weak someone else must clean you and bath you when you are dirty.
- You cannot feed yourself. You must rely on someone to bring you food or you will starve.
- You are weak, powerless, at the mercy of others.
You are… a baby.
The Christmas story makes the unexpected and counter-intuitive claim that God became a baby. At Christmas we celebrate the arrival of God to his creation. More than that, we celebrate God becoming a part of his creation. The Son of God left his position of status and glory in heaven to become a human infant. The one through whom the universe came to be, became a man. Why? He did it because it was the only way to save humans from the consequences of rejecting God.
This story defies common sense. Who would give up unfathomable glory to be born in an unsanitary barn? Who would freely relinquish absolute power to bless their enemies? Who would caste aside status and privilege to serve people who had already rejected their love? The Christmas story tells us that God would do all these things and more.