Three simple words contain the fullness of the Christmas story:
God with us.
Yet who would be so brazen as to claim he or she comprehends the meaning of those words? Who can explain this miracle that transcends all other miracles? How does the infinite omnipotent, self-existent One, co-equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, join Himself with our human nature? How does the uncreated Creator of the heavens and earth become a part of His very own creation?
In Christmas, we celebrate the astonishing, phenomenal generosity and love of God—the marvel and mystery of God loving us so much that He chose to become one of us. Into the midst of the world’s problems and pain, the invisible and transcendent God came near in the touchable form of His only Son. The Eternal One stepped into time!
Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. —
From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening© 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.