Day 1 of Advent: He became small

IMG_2191 It took me from 10:30 a.m. yesterday morning until 8:30 last night to set-up, put lights on and decorate my 9-foot Christmas tree. During the midst of the endeavor my father-in-law asked me how many lights were on the tree. I stopped to give a good estimate and said, "3,000." He then asked if I knew how many hairs I had on my head. I laughed. "No, do you?" "Yes," he responded. "24,000." He laughed. Of course he didn't know. But God does.

Yes. I immediately thought of Matthew 10:30 and Luke 12:7. "Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows."

"Do you really think God knows how many hairs are on every person's head in the world?" my FIL asked. "Do you know how many people are in the world?" 7 billion people (I just checked!)  "Yes," I said. "Only God could be big enough to know that. Only a person who is bigger than the Universe, who created it all, who is so big that even the heavens cannot contain him, could know something like that."

Then my eyes glanced over to my WorldCrafts nativity to a little baby wood figurine of Jesus.  When I ponder the greatness and bigness of God in light of the story of Christmas, I am left in awe and wonder. The God of the Universe, the One who cannot be contained, became small through the Son, contained Himself in a woman's womb, became a baby, so that we might be reconciled to God. Take a moment to read John 1:1-18 and note the paradoxes.

Jesus was timeless but became time-bound. Jesus had no beginning yet was born. Jesus was God and was human. Jesus made all things yet was birthed through that which He created. God is unseen and yet God is seen through Jesus.

It's too wonderful; too lofty for me! The good news that our great God, Creator, Magnificent, Holy One sent the Second Person of the Trinity to become as small as a baby, so that we might see God, touch God, look upon God, and be reconciled with God puts me on my knees in a position of humility, love and gratitude to our great God and King!

This is the story of Christmas. God becoming man; God with us. Immanuel.

Happy Advent season! If you haven't experienced the great love of God through Jesus, I pray you will find it this Advent season. God bless.