O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.*
I find it fascinating that God chose to send His Son as a baby. You know, Jesus could have just appeared, walking out of the desert one day as a grown man. Or He could have descended from Mount Sinai amid thunder and lightning, like Moses. He could have even busted through the heavens on a chariot, like Elijah.
But the Son of God had to be born, because He has to be born in us.
Each year, I ask God to give me a new insight on the Christmas story, something to deepen my appreciation and keep it fresh. I consider it my Christmas gift from Him, and He never disappoints. This year, my gift came through a friend of mine who said, “Isn’t it something that God trusted us with a baby?” Oh…my… Just think of all the things that could go wrong: problems during delivery, ear infections, camel accidents, the terrible twos, teenager trials. Just think of all the time spent waiting for Him to grow up and begin ministry: 30 years. Wouldn’t it have been more efficient to send an adult Jesus and just get the thing done?
But, no. God trusted the world with a helpless, vulnerable infant who was completely dependent on sinners like me. *Shiver* God is still trusting us to let Him enter in and cast out our sin. Today.
*”O Little Town of Bethlehem”