JUST A THOUGHT: Christ doesn’t expect us to ascend to His level. He descends to ours.
“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become Sons of God.” John 1:11
“He made Himself of no reputation and was found in fashion as a man. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death. . . even the death of the cross!” Philippians 2:8
If these accounts of the Lord Christ’s entrance to history say anything, they speak of the incredible humility and humanity of Jesus. It shows how low He will go to love the least among us. He does not place Himself above us. In coming as He did, He has forever identified with the poorest, the lowest, the least important, least accomplished, most sinful among us. From the outset he was identified as a “friend of publicans and sinners.” And “common people heard Him gladly.” Even little children commanded his caring attention. For those reasons, none can ever claim: “He does not understand. He does not care.”
Look, for example, at the people who were selected to “star” in the greatest drama in history. Consider those who were trusted to share the message with the world, and the time, place and drab circumstances in which the drama was cast. For the most part, the characters were unwashed, unshaven, unkempt, unknown, uneducated shepherds, carpenters, an unsophisticated, frightened teenage Jewish girl and a beleaguered anonymous innkeeper on the ancient edge of nowhere.
What could possibly be less impressive?
Notice how ordinary all this is. Ordinary people ordinary times (in those days…just like today), unexpectedly, suddenly Eternity intersected time. Extraordinary is a classic understatement!
Understand this, please: We are not required to master mind-boggling mysteries, or acquire understanding of profound thoughts. We do not have to amass a large fortune to offer in exchange for this Gift. We aren’t required to “clean up our act”, or be famous, or anything. The story is so beautifully, profoundly simple: God loved the World so much that He gave His Only Begotten Son. And if we receive that Gift, we also receive forgiveness, purpose for living, and peace in any circumstance.
He’s done the giving. Have we done the receiving?
God’s son and servant, your friend and fellow student