To continue with this week’s topic of the coming Savior as “Mighty God,” write down three points you want to remember from Monday’s discussion.
Chances are, you – like me – were struck profoundly by the thought of the majesty of God being placed within the humble stature of a newborn baby. For those of us who have been in the church for awhile, this can be one of those “ho-hum” facts about Christmas. We’ve heard it so many times that it goes in one ear and out the other before we move on to other things. Rarely do we stop to consider what, exactly, God did when He sent His Son – all God but also all man – into the world.
As Ken Gire wrote in his book Intimate Moments With the Savior, “every royal privilege for this baby king ended at conception.”
Consider that for a moment. Any other king on Earth would have been born with every luxury imaginable at his disposal. From the earliest age, he would be treated as the king he was destined to be, even being referred to as “your highness” and “prince.” He would have the respect of every person within his kingdom. He would live in a palace that was, well, fit for a king, and would have countless servants at the ready to tend to his every need.
The baby King Jesus, though – the heir to the throne of heaven – was born into a very different situation: hay for a bed, barn animals pushed out of the way as His mother tended to His needs, treated no differently than every other little boy.
How hard do you think that was for Him? How many times – faced with the trials of childhood – do you think He wanted to stand up and say, “Don’t you know who I am?”
I think the human aspect of Jesus likely wanted to declare His position many times…but it was the God aspect of who He was that kept Him humbly walking the path of humanity.
Facing childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood with such humility may have been difficult, but that was actually the reason He came at all. To humble Himself. To walk in the sandals, so to speak, of His creation. To lower Himself that mankind might be elevated.
In a surprising twist on everything we know, this King likely would have refused royal privilege even if it had been made available.
So what do we take from this? What does this mean for us as we approach the manger of Christmas?
We remember that power does not always show up in the way we expect. We remember that lowliness is not synonymous with weakness. We remember that humility does not negate importance.
What do we do?
We willingly choose weakness for ourselves, and seek out the weak ones among us. Oswald Chambers famously said, “Beware of posing as a profound person – God became a baby.”
There isn’t much I can add to that. If we call ourselves Christians – “little Christs,” as the word implies – we must attempt in everything to do what He does. That must be our goal during this season and always.
He must become greater, and we must become less. Period.