From heaven to earth

I have been reading about the Nativity Story and it seems especially timely to post some of my thoughts on this, seeing that today is Christmas Eve!

I realize that there are many echoes of the Old Testament in the New Testament of the Bible, almost as if the NT is answering questions posed in the OT. There are two that I particularly find amazing. In the book of Job, Job was wondering if God can really understand what it is like to be human when Job asks God: “Do You have eyes of flesh? Or do You see as man sees? Are Your days like the days of a mortal man? Are your years like the days of a mighty man?” God did not answer Job at that instant, but He gave His answer loud and clear when He came in human flesh to walk on our earth on that first Christmas some 2,000 years ago. As Philip Yancey wrote: “The God who roared, who could order armies and empires about like pawns on a chessboard, this God emerged in Palestine as a baby who could not speak or eat solid food or control his bladder, who depended on a teenager (Mary) for shelter, food and love.” That sure is mind-boggling to me, of how unimaginably the Maker of all things shrank down so small to become an ovum that would eventually become a fetus and a baby. “Immensity cloistered in thy womb”, as the poet John Donne observed.

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I would leave the 2nd one for another entry, but I leave with this thought and words reminding us of how God stretched out to touch us in the only way we could understand: to be us.

“The God of power, as he did ride
In his majestick robe of glorie
Resolv’d to light; and so one day
He did descend, undressing all the way.”

(George Herbert)

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~ by irwin on December 24, 2008.

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