He Came. Part 4

Have you ever wondered at the fact that the God of the universe, creator of heaven and earth, entered into our world…

so very humbly,

….born of a shunned young teenage woman who found herself pregnant with the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Who’s fiancé was going to divorce her quietly, which was the kindest of his legal options, yet was told by God in a dream to marry her because she was carrying the Messiah…

so very weak,

….born.  A human baby.  Unable to care for his own needs. Totally dependent on the care of the adults in the situation….

so very unnoticed,

….Jesus was born away from his earthly parent’s home, in the discomfort of a smelly, dark, damp cave that was home to animals, unknown to the general population, except announced by angels in the middle of the night to lowly shepherds who were sleeping outside with their sheep.

in the company of animals?

And have you ever wondered why all this glory was witnessed first by animals and shepherds? What was going on?

I’ve never taken much stalk in the children’s books about the birth of Christ where the animals are talking to each other. Seemed a bit ridiculous to me. My Christian up bringing did not teach me to value nature and animals as something that God practically cared much about.

But over the years my views have been changing on that.  I won’t go into the hows and whys, except to say that I’ve been reminded that God’s main job for the first humans was to care for the garden and to multiply.  Care for the garden – care for God’s gift – their home. That included caring for the animals.

And Jesus was born among animals….hmmmm.

There is a time when Jesus will come with power and glory – His 2nd coming.  And all will be made right.  All of nature is waiting for that moment….

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerlyfor our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:18-25 NIV)

So as we approach the Christmas celebration of Emmanuel, God with us, we continue to wait patiently for the coming of God when “creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God…we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait patiently for it.” (Romans 8:21, 25)

Reflection:

Are you waiting for this liberation?  Do you have hope in the God of creation, that God will one day release all of creation from “its bondage to decay and be brought into the freedom of glory of the children of God.”  Talk with God about what comes to the surface for you.

 

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