December 17, 2011

"Fullness of God in helpless babe..."

This post's title is a line from one of my favorite hymns, In Christ Alone, by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.

Why would God choose to become an infant, a "helpless person", totally dependent upon others in His human experience?

God with us.

Human experiences of weakness, pain, vulnerability, and sadness are not foreign to God. It was God's choice to know what we feel by personally experiencing life as we experience it.

Some may say God would never "lower Himself" to live life as we live it, and to directly and personally experience so much of what we know.

God's sovereign and  willing choice to know much of human  life, ---without sin--, to know what we know, feel, and experience is an ultimate expression of love, caring concern, and direct involvement.

God is love.

This is what we celebrate and remember during Advent: a God who loves enough to come close, a God who chooses to experience human frailties without the blinding limitations of  human sin.

You can trust what you hear when God's Spirit speaks to your heart and says, "I feel your pain. If you wish to release that pain, take my hand and follow me. I have been where you are. I know the way forward. "

This is the message of Christmas.

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