Christmas is coming quickly, a time when we wish one another a “Merry Christmas”—and we have so many reasons for being merry, the main one being the great Love God poured out on us through Christmas.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all participated in this marvelous event. The Father planned it, the Spirit prepared the way, and Jesus carried it out.
Think of what great a sacrifice Jesus was willing to make, way before the cross. He was willing to leave Heaven, the place of purity, worship and beauty, and come to earth to live as a human being among flea-ridden, unwashed people who persisted in rebellion and unbelief.
In order to do this, He, who filled the whole universe, condensed Himself way down to live in a very small womb as a very small baby. It is always amazing to me to see the tinyness of a newborn babe–and Christ restricted Himself to that small body.
And how big is the universe? Just recently I read that the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way is 2,000,000 light years away from earth! And there are billions of other galaxies beyond that one!
Scientists tell us that the diameter of the known universe is at least 24 billion light years across! Jesus filled all of that before He brought Himself down to live in the tiny form of a human.
Following his triumphal return to life, it says in Ephesians 4:10 that “He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.”
What a God of love, of goodness, of grace! What an event to celebrate as we move towards Christmas, remembering Christ’s sacrifice in entering the world of woe to open the way so we can live in His lavish love! Merry Christmas!