This is not news to anyone. But with Leilani being born so close to Christmas, right during the middle of our holiday activities and preparations, I could not help but reflect on the significance of the holiday. The Son of God entered human history as a baby! His birth occurred in conditions that we would consider little short of barbaric. They would be completely unacceptable for my grandchild except in the most dire emergency imaginable. While we could spend considerable time contemplating the circumstances of his birth it is the very fact that he became a baby that has me in awe. How do you wrap your head around the idea of the Almighty God existing in the form of the most helpless of creatures, a vulnerable, powerless human infant
The other thought that is sparked by God as a baby is astonishment at God’s love. No human would naturally come up with a scheme to veil his power to the level that he would appear to be utterly helpless. Who would ever knowingly and willingly subject himself or herself to being reduced to total vulnerability like that? Our great God did that and much more for one reason. God so loved the world. That’s it. There are no words that will ever capture the vastness of this love. There is apparently no limit to it, which is, of course, precisely what we would expect from an infinite God. The arrival of this tiny little baby in our family has caused me to be astounded anew at the unfathomable love of our God. Thank you, Lord.