Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. ~Philippians 2:5-7a HCSB
I’ve been thinking a lot about Christ’s incarnation lately, and the more I think about it, the more it amazes me. Jesus left Heaven for me. He came to this earth as a baby and lived a normal human life. He had to grow up, and learn, and deal with some of the same struggles we face. And this is God Himself we’re talking about! I just find that to be truly amazing.
God gave humans a perfect world with absolutely no flaws. It was paradise. And yet we weren’t satisfied with that; we wanted more. If you think about it, the first sin was really selfishness and pride because Eve wanted to be like God. Because of our dissatisfaction, we chose to disobey God and bring sin into the world. God gave us the absolutely marvelous gift of life in Eden and fellowship with Himself, and we went and broke it. We messed everything up.
But God didn’t stay angry forever, and He promised that He would fix it some day. He promised to make everything new again and defeat sin once and for all. He promised us the Messiah–Jesus Christ–as our Savior. It broke His heart that we turned away from Him and went our own way, but He loved us enough to make a way for us to come back. He sent Jesus because He wanted our relationship to be restored. He loves us that much.
Jesus left the glory of Heaven and came down to earth–the earth that we broke. He made Himself lower than the angels, the Bible says. He was born of a virgin in a stable. He could have come in glory and majesty, but He chose to come as a humble servant for our sake. He became a man for us. He became a servant for us.
If anyone had a right to be worshiped, it was Jesus. He’s the very reason that life exists in the first place! And yet He was willing to come down to our level and die for us. He took the curse of God upon Himself so that we don’t have to be under His wrath. Isn’t that amazing?? For Jesus–the Son of God–God Himself–to come down to earth to save me from my own sin is unfathomable. But that’s exactly what He did.
Christmas isn’t about us, it’s about the birth of Jesus. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Christ initially came to earth as a humble servant, but He will come back and reign as King forevermore! We the redeemed can wait for that glorious day with confidence, knowing that we won’t have to stand under God’s wrath and judgment. Church, we will be with Him in paradise for eternity! Love came down to let us live. That is good news–that is great news. That is the gospel!
This Christmas season, take some time to reflect on His humble birth and thank Him for His indescribable gift. Give Him the glory and the honor and the praise that He deserves. God’s gift to you this Christmas is one of love, joy, peace, and hope for the future! Oh how wonderful, oh how marvelous is our Savior’s love for us!
I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.
How marvelous! how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! how wonderful!
Is my Savior ‘s love for me!
~My Savior’s Love by Charles H. Gabriel