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Devotional Thought: How Far Did Jesus Come? (for Christmas)

How far did Jesus come to live with us? I don’t think we really understand it. We might even think that it wasn’t that big of a drop. We should look more carefully at what Scripture says.

From Scripture we know that He was in Heaven, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, with thousands of angels, living beyond Time, beyond any limits of any kind. The Triune God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) has no limits. All power. All authority. All knowledge. INFINITE. Jesus, God the Son. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him ALL things were made; WITHOUT Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of ALL mankind.”

What did Jesus give up for us? What was it like being confined to one place, one town, and no more being everywhere? What was it like to be confined to seeing only one thing at a time, in only one direction, and no more seeing everything everywhere at the same time? What was it like to be confined to a frail human body after being eternal?!? What was it like to be tired after having infinite power? What was it like to be misunderstood by humans after being perfectly understood forever within the Trinity in Heaven? What was it like to be questioned all the time by people who had no idea what they were talking about? What was it like to be judged by humans who did not know any of the facts?

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

He could have explained how the worlds were made! He could have told them exactly how the plants and the animals were created! He could have explained every mystery, and answered every question that they ever had!

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1:14

But He came to live among them, be one of them, and show them love – real love – “up close and personal”. And that genuine love came to them (to us) in the lowliest, most fragile, helpless, most humble way: as a newborn baby to a poor young girl far from her home and family.

“He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2:7

We rightfully talk about the great love of Jesus for us shown on Good Friday. This Christmas, let’s remember His love, too.

Prof. Timothy McKeithen, Program Director Hispanic Pastoral Ministries

Filed Under: Blog Published: 12/18/2018

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