Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phillipians 2: 5-11
It’s so easy to get caught up in the business of this season. Shopping, travel, decorating… It can be overwhelming. I’m trying to take time this year to savor the season. That means more to me than just taking time to do fun things with my children though. It also means I want to really SEE the incarnation. Jesus was God and he humbled himself to become an infant. An infant! Dependent for every basic need on fallible human creatures that HE created. He made Himself nothing. I look at the cross, and its easy to see His sacrifice, but sometimes we miss the sacrifice of the baby in the manger.
My favorite Christmas song is Mary, Did You Know? I’ve always loved it, but as a mother I’ve appreciated it in a new way. Did Mary understand the magnitude of what she held in her arms in that stable? Could she comprehend that the baby at her breast was the One that gave her breath? Did she know the way her own heart would be pierced when she saw him suffer and die a brutal death? But I love the song for more than that. I love the way that it captures the miracle of God in flesh.
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? And when you kiss your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God?…This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM!
It gives me goosebumps every time. I hope it always does. I pray you will join me today and throughout this Christmas season as we marvel at the Incarnation. God in flesh. Humbled. Poured out for us. Ultimate love.