TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David,”
Luke 1:32 ESV
THE MIRACLE OF GOD BECOMING MAN
A grandfather was visiting his grandson one Christmas when he walked into the family room and saw the toddler standing up in his playpen, crying. His face was red and tear-stained. When little Jeffy saw his granddad, his face lit up and his hands reached out for help as he pleaded, “Out, papa, out!” What grandfather could resist this plea? And so he walked over to the playpen and reached down to lift his little buddy out of captivity. Just then, however, “Law and Order” stepped into the room with a dishtowel in her hand and spoke sternly, “Jeffy, you know better. You’re being punished. Leave him right there, dad.” And she marched back out of the room.
The grandfather didn’t know what to do. Jeffy’s tears and outstretched hands tugged at his heart, but he didn’t want to interfere with a mother’s discipline either. He couldn’t stand being in the same room and not being able to do anything but he couldn’t leave without feeling like a traitor. Grandpa then had an idea. Since he couldn’t take Jeffy out of the playpen, he decided to climb in with him. That’s a pretty good picture of what Jesus did for us…He climbed in with us.
The Gospel of Luke teaches us that Jesus was both the Son of God and the Son of King David. We will discover later that this unique reunion was essential for Jesus to an acceptable substitute to take the punishment for our sins. A theologian described the Jesus becoming man with these words: “…God must be able to come over to our side without leaving his own ‘side.’”
Astronaut James Erwin, who traveled to the moon, experienced things that you and I never will. And yet, he never got over the crux of Christmas when he said, “There’s something more important than man walking on the moon, and that is God, walking on the earth.” What sins have you done or thought that you felt might deserve the worse punishment? Because Jesus came to earth and “got in the playpen” of punishment for us, we can be forgiven of the all sin and have a beautiful relationship with God. Thank Jesus for coming on the first Christmas.