“It is indeed annoying to our nature to see God Himself take on this poor, feeble, and corrupt human nature, and disdain the holy, glorious, angelic nature.” – Martin Luther
Sometime we push the cute button of Christmas. We think it’s cute that God would want to become a human baby like us. And since babies are always so cute, then the idea that God became a baby must be cute. We paint Christmas in a wondrous glow of beauty.
We forget that God was already beyond any description of cute, beautiful or wondrous. God chose to sink down into our corrupt nature and experience the wretched brokenness of our human nature. We might like to think that we climb up the moral ladder of human achievement to meet our God. Nothing is further from the truth. God came all the way down the cosmic ladder to meet us in our poverty and desperate need, in the darkness of night.
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Jesus birth is more than cute. It shatters the heavens and bridges the gap between God and humanity. Prepared to be awed by God’s dramatic entrance into the story of our rescue.
Lord Jesus, come.
Jesus said, "Come and See"
After Jesus’ baptism, two of JB’s disciples began to tag after Jesus (John 1:35-39). Jesus spotted these secretive observers and asked a deep question, “What are you looking for?” I could write my whole Sunday sermon on Jesus’ question. What are we looking for when we come to prayer, Bible study, or worship?
The two responded with their own question, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Again, one could dwell with that question for a long time; where is Jesus staying today? Where do we find him? Is he in the obvious or in the hidden?
Then came Jesus’ response, “Come and see.” I have often thought of these words as a gracious invitation to explore a relationship with Jesus Christ. As if Jesus were giving the two followers the choice on whether to stay with him or go someplace else. In our American culture, we like to have choices, options, possiblities. We want to decide what we do or don’t do. And so we see this word of Jesus as a choice. A choice that seems to ebb and flow in our lives among the many choices. Some days we respond with joy; some days with hesitation or fear.
But could “come and see” be more like a command or declaration? Like when Jesus commands the sea to be calm or when Lazarus is raised from the dead (John 11)? Later Jesus declared, “No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me” (John 6:44). The two disciples responded as if it was a command. “They came and saw where he was staying” (John 1:39).
Could it be that our faith is more a gift of God than a heroic choice by us? I find comfort and hope in the promise that the Father draws me to Jesus. Some called it “irrestible grace.” Jesus pulls me along, rather than me running to catch up. The more I think about it the more I am looking forward to preaching on Sunday!
How have you experienced the pull of God in your spiritual life?