The headlines are shouting doom and despair but today I am not listening. Our culture is yelling obscenities but today I am not listening. Problems and annoyances are mocking and taunting me, but today I am not giving in.
Not today. Not now. For this moment I am enthralled by Emmanuel.
This is the thing that makes Christianity unique. This is what makes the Christian faith more than a philosophy or a legend. It’s what makes it the real deal. This is what renders every other belief in every other god meaningless and a sham.
The Incarnation is the tenderest, most revealing, most daring love letter ever written:
“I love you so much. I long for you. You cannot become as I am, so I will become as you are. You cannot reach Me, so I will inhabit you. There shall never be anything between us ever again. Your darkness is now My light. There is no part of you I refuse. I withhold nothing from you.”
Jesus came. He shed His robe of glory and put on vulnerable flesh. He became one of us, clothed in our skin and bones and blood and sweat and tears. He blessed and restored our humanity by inhabiting it Himself and closed the gap between mortal and immortal. By taking that mortal flesh to the cross to shed His precious and perfect blood, He bridged the impassable chasm between us and our Creator.
Our God has done the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the impossible, the radical, and the incredible. He came, and He remains. He is with us still.
Emmanuel, God’s one word love letter to the world
December 8, 2010 by joyfulpapist