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Digging deeper into grace… (12/7/2016)

Every year in December, people around the world celebrate a most remarkable holiday: the day on which the Almighty God became a baby, whose first crib was a feeding trough in the little known town of Bethlehem.

Think about that: Christians believe that Jesus was God in human flesh. We believe that the Creator of the universe who cast the stars across the sky and formed the mountains and filled the oceans and spun the earth into orbit became a baby. We believe that the One who is sovereign over all the forces of nature and physics and life became a tiny human creature.

Now think about this: There are few things we encounter in life that are as weak and vulnerable as a newborn baby. A newborn child cannot stand or crawl or feed himself. A newborn baby cannot even hold his head up on his own. Yet Christmas is the celebration of God loving us so intimately and so fully that Almighty God became one of us—even as a baby in a manger.

About the only thing more helpless and vulnerable than a newborn baby lying in a manger is a whipped and naked man nailed to a cross, bearing on His soul the weight of our sins. Yet Christians believe that the God who was willing to become a baby with us was also willing to die upon a cross for us.

What kind of God would do such a thing?

Only a God who loves us immensely and whose love is willing to go to such extremes!

I love how Marc Martel and Jason Ronald William Germain express this incredible mystery in their song, “How Many Kings”:

Follow the star to a place unexpected

Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,

A child in a manger?  Lowly and small, the weakest of all,

Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl,

Just a child.  Is this who we’ve waited for?  ‘Cause

How many kings step down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

And how many gods have poured out their hearts

To romance a world that is torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Christmas is the celebration of an amazing event! And the great good news of Christmas for us is that we can know that a God who will go to such extremes out of His love for us can be counted on never to fall short of giving to us the fullness of His care!

Consider that as you celebrate Christmas this year.

—Tom Tripp is the Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Colusa. Pastor Tripp can be reached by e-mail at tomtripp@frontiernet.net.

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