The Enormity of God Wrapped Up in a Tiny Baby

"From heaven You came, helpless babe,
Entered our world, Your glory veiled;
Not to be served but to serve,
And give Your life that we might live..."

G. Kendrick

This song reminds me of the glory that the Lord Jesus left behind when He came into our world as a tiny, helpless baby. A later verse in the same song speaks of “Hands that flung stars into space” being surrendered to the cruel nails of a cross. For Jesus, His entering into our world was one of complete submission to the Father’s will and involved an enormous step down that we cannot comprehend.

Jesus did not live His human life in the lap of luxury. He wasn’t born into a palace surrounded by pomp and privilege, with the best in health care and provision for all of His needs. I often think about the contrast between Jesus’s lowly start in life and that of the newest additions to the British royal family. Here, the new royal babies usually begin their lives in a plush private hospital wing, no doubt with the best doctors and midwives in attendance. Outside of the hospital, the world’s media assembles ready to capture the first valuable pictures of the newborn infant as he or she leaves the hospital with the well-groomed royal parents.

Not Jesus. There wasn’t even room in a proper inn, so He was born in a damp stable cave, probably with the smell of animal droppings all around. His mother was very young and his earthly father was a lowly carpenter. There wasn’t a midwife in sight and there certainly wasn’t an en-suite shower room attached! Here we have the King of Kings being born into poverty, while our earthly royal babies enjoy all the luxury and notoriety that their position affords.

Try to imagine the great glory that He left behind in order to do this for us. We can’t really grasp it. We read something of it in John 17 where Jesus prays in the garden before His arrest:

“And now, Father, glorify me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed.” John 17:5

If you have ever held or cared for a tiny new-born infant, you know something of the smallness and vulnerability of that stage of life. Babies are completely dependent on their adult carers for food, warmth and everything pertaining to life. Can you imagine the One who was there in the very beginning submitting to that fragility? He was there with God as the universe was created and was involved in the whole process.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1 – 3

Look up at the stars on a clear night. Think about how far away some of these constellations are, how massive some of the stars are, how huge and mind-blowing the universe is, and then ponder the fact that this Creator chose to enter into our messy world as a tiny, vulnerable baby! Of course, Jesus didn’t stay a baby. He grew and developed and became a Man; ultimately He became our sin offering as He died upon that cross. Praise God that the grave could not contain Him and this unique Person was raised from the dead, and now He offers forgiveness and new life to all who follow Him.

As you enjoy celebrating Christmas with your family and friends on Wednesday, and perhaps unwrap some special gifts, ponder and consider the greatest Gift of all: Jesus Christ, the infant King.

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4 thoughts on “The Enormity of God Wrapped Up in a Tiny Baby”

  1. Be careful; you write “this Creator chose to enter into our messy world as a tiny, vulnerable baby!” as if it would have been God having entered and placed Himself in the womb of a woman to come out of her in the presence of a baby.

    Jesus is not God, but the son of God.

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    1. I believe that you and I are coming at this from a different perspective. Based on verses such as John 10:30, which states “I and the Father are one”, I do believe that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human. There is also John 8:58 – “before Abraham was, I AM.”
      There are many other verses which refer to what has been called “The Trinity” over the years; it is a divine mystery which we will never fully understand with our finite minds.
      Thank you for your comment.

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      1. John 10:30, stating “I and the Father are one” does not mean they are one and the same person, the same as we do have to be one with Christ and his heavenly Father we shall not become Christ nor God. It means we have to become one in spirit as Jesus was also of the same mind as his heavenly Father.

        Jesus did not exist before Abraham, but like Abraham, you us and many still to come Jesus was already known by God and written down in the Book of life, but even more important Jesus was already promised to mankind in the Garden of Eden, long before Abraham was born.

        There are no verses at all in the Bible where Jesus would be called the Trinity or even be called The God or Elyohim, the Most High Elohim.

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      2. I understand that you believe what you are saying to be the truth, just as I believe what I am saying based on many biblical references. In John 1, the person of Jesus is referred to as “the Word”. Verse 1 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Later on in verse 14 John tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. These verses seem to me to state that this Word both is God and the person of Jesus.

        Another verse such as Matthew 1:23 says ‘”…they shall call His name Immanuel”, which is translated, “God with us”‘. Again this implies that Jesus is God Himself.

        I have had similar conversations to this with Jehovah’s Witnesses and doubt that any argument I put forward will change your thinking on this matter. You will no doubt think I am wrong and confused, and I will continue to believe that Jesus is God made flesh.

        I do thank you though for your thoughts and contribution to my blog.

        On Mon, 30 Dec 2019, 11:45 Faltering Steps of Faith, wrote:

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