Friday, January 13, 2012

Incarnation

I'm behind dwelling on the Incarnation.  That's something to do during Advent, but I kind of skipped it with the surgery.  I was thinking about it recently though, and it is rather mind blowing to contemplate.  No wonder people can spend years thinking about it.

Seriously, think about the conception of Jesus, by itself, for just a few minutes.  Before the miracles, the sacrifice, the resurrection, Jesus had to be born.  I think sometimes we are warm and fuzzy about this without thinking about how truly amazing this one particular event was all by itself.  The God who created the Universe, the same One who has been around for all eternity (a concept we can only sort of grasp), decided to become human.  The literal Word of God became flesh.  One of us.

It isn't like He was joining a fun party either.  This isn't like you create a Sims game where everything is running smoothly and then you step in to go visit.  This would be like you creating a Sims game on the computer, destroying all the police stations, sending the alien and tornado at the same time, and then hopping in next to the casino.  If you're not familiar with that game, let me summarize and say that wouldn't be pretty.

Now eternity is a hard thing to grasp relative to our actual timeline, but Jesus has been in Heaven for eternity.  On a throne.  In a perfect situation of love.  In charge of everything.  And then He comes here to be a human, need a diaper, and spend quality time building tables or chairs or whatever Joseph was working on.  No doubt Joseph was a good guy, but comparatively... well, there's no comparison.

I think, from my perspective, that would suck.  That would be awful, and that's even before we get to the gruesome death.  Can you imagine doing that?  We can't, because we're not God.  Seriously?  For us?  God apparently does think we're worth it though.  God so loved us that Jesus came to save us.  God, who has every reason to abandon the creatures who have abandoned Him, instead did the craziest thing ever.  Out of love!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  (Joh 1:1-14)

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