One Christmas I was looking into the manger at that tiny little ceramic figure portraying Jesus.
That’s how some people see him. Just a little harmless figure. It makes me think of my favorite story of Christ’s birth, which can be found in John.
John, unlike Matthew and Luke, John does not have a nativity story. He starts big and theological.
(John 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word, Jesus, was in the beginning with God. Now skip down to verse 14, this is the nativity story from John’s perspective.
(John 1:14) And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
There it is. The nativity story. God put on skin. Grace wrapped itself in Jesus.
Get a feel for the majesty of God. How big. Not a little-g god with all the pandering and problems we face. The big-G. Only God. The God of time and space. The God of eternity. Creator of the universe. Back up to John 1.
(John 1:3) All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
All things were created by him and apart from him Nothing was created.
They have this theological word concerning the creation. Ex nillo. Out of nothing. There was nothing, and now there is something. And the something we now have is covered with the fingerprints of god.
Consider the vastness of the creation. Lucado helps with this:
Our Galaxy is one of billions. Who can conceive of such a universe. . . no one can. But let’s try anyway. Suppose you attempt to drive to the sun. you get into a space car that goes 150 mph. you hop in, open the moonroof, and blast off. Any guess as to the length of your trip? Try 70 years.! Suppose you fuel up to head to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, best pack a lunch . . . you’ll need 15 million years to make the trip. Traveling at 600 mph it would take 17 years to reach the sun and 690 years to get to Pluto!
No matter how big this all is, god is bigger. That big God, squeezed into skin and showed us what he was like and what he loved. Think about that.