The incarnation. This is the time of year when we ponder the great truth that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to earth as a helpless babe—so He could save helpless us. Sometimes I wonder, “Why would Jesus have left the paradise of heaven to come here and enter our mess—to be mocked and beaten and crucified by the very people He came to save? Why?” It is a great mystery.
So many great mysteries come to light in common occurrences. My son was hurting. Not physical pain. That would be so much easier to bear than the deep pain that seared his heart. He went to his room in obvious despair. When he did not return for some time, I ignored my knee pain and made my way up the flight of stairs to his room. I knew I couldn’t change his pain, but I could remind him that he is loved—and I could pray with him. When I entered his room, my son said, “Mom! Why would you come up the stairs? That must have hurt! Why did you do that?”
“Because I love you, and this is where you are.”
And then the realization came to me. This is why Jesus came. Because He loves us so very much, and this messy world is where we are.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” John 3:16-17.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” 1 John 3:8b.
*This manger was made by my son, Jesse.