What If God Was One of Us?

Every year it’s the same: we all complain about the “secularization” of Christmas. It’s too glitzy, too commercial, too “wordly”. Santa, toys, shopping, parties, gorging on eats – it all takes our focus away from the manger in Bethlehem, and the real “Reason for the Season”.

Then we keep right on doing it anyway. But still we wonder, “Why don’t we just get rid of all of that hullabaloo and return Christmas to the sacred, holy day it was meant to be?”

Well, wait just a second…

Isn’t the story of Christmas really about the sacred becoming secular? About God becoming human? About the holiest coming to dwell with the lowliest? Think for a moment. Imagine the God of the Universe, coming down from heaven to visit earth. You’d think He’d appear suddenly on some high mountaintop and demand that we all bow down and worship Him in awe and reverence, right?

But now imagine this:

God, Very God slips in through the back door of human existence, entering via a young mother’s womb. Secretly He takes the stage as a tiny baby boy, nestled in a makeshift crib full of dusty hay out under the stars. Once He gets settled in, He sends forth His best angel to scare the bejeebers out of a rag-tag bunch of sweaty, dirty shepherds.

They will be the first to hear the news of His advent.

For you see, this baby lying in a haystack, smack dab in the middle of that “little town of Bethlehem”, hasn’t come to be King of the Hill. He’s here to be a regular Joe. He won’t be holding some powerful government office. He’s going to have to get a real job like everybody else. For as the prophets foretold, this child shall be called…

“Emmanuel”…

Which means…

“God With Us”.

But wait. There’s more…

Baby Emmanuel grows up to be a man. But He doesn’t spend all His time moping around some monastery. Instead, He mixes and mingles with anybody He can find – having dinner with friends, going to parties, gathering huge crowds wherever He goes. He draws unto himself the great multitudes, crippled by fear, blinded to their enormous potential and deaf to their own spirits. His mission: to set these captives free, so they can walk and see and hear again, and take hold of the joy and abundance He has always wanted for them.

You see, this “God With Us” actually wants us to enjoy the life He’s given. He’s really into that whole “Joy to the World” thing.

So this Christmas, go ahead and have some fun. Do it up big. Light some lights, trim the tree, lift a glass, throw a party. Come a-wassailing. Come a-caroling. Go a-shopping. Whatever. The Birthday Boy is fine with all the hullabaloo.

But if you do get a chance, stop by the manger for a visit. Draw in close. Don’t be afraid. Reach down and scoop that little baby up in your arms. Cuddle Him real close, so you can feel His heart beating right next to yours. And remember…

He loved us so much that He became one of us.

His name is “Emmanuel”.

God With Us.

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14 responses to “What If God Was One of Us?

  1. Ken, I can’t express how much I loved this post. I have often said, myself, that we shouldn’t deter from enjoying Christmas. It is after all, our Saviors Birthday. He would want for us to enjoy it! I know how I go about celebrating my own day of birth; so why would I ever do anything less than that for the King of Kings! I’d have to agree with the previous comment; this indeed is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your view of it with us. Loved it!

  2. I enjoyed this post as well Ken. I think it’s perfectly fine to celebrate Christmas the way we do because there are those who still remember the importance of this day and the significant events that happened. I do also understand why some people scoff at the commercialism though and I believe they feel that the birth of Christ has become far removed from being the core of Christmas when they see Happy X-mas or something like that. But again, as long as they remember Him and keep it in their hearts, celebrating Christmas with gifts and parties is fine. Jesus got gifts on this day and the world got Him as a gift 🙂

    • Thanks, Tekia. I feel like Christmas is the one holiday that Christians share with the rest of the world. Most everyone knows the Christmas carols that tell of the manger and the town of Bethlehem and the Child asleep on the hay. In that alone, the true Christmas story is alive and well. I understand all the commercialism can get out of hand, but I see Christ in the gift-giving too, for as you say, He is God’s gift to us. And while not everyone will attend our candle-lit vespers services, the celebration of giving that surrounds this season bears joyous testimony to His love and generosity.

  3. I have learned over the years that the best part of any Christmas is just being with family. I just wish I had that wisdom when my kids were growing up.

    Nice snow… nice post.

    Melissa

    • Thanks Melissa,

      I know what you mean about family. Since my daughter got married last year, we’re having to work out new schedules and get used to not always having her on “The Day”. His folks live several hours away in Virginia, so she will be with them on Christmas Day. But that’s okay, we get to see her the rest of the year…

    • Thanks, Barbara for visiting and for your kind comment. I enjoyed reading your blog as well. The way you use horses to help people get in touch with their spirits is intriguing.

      I hope you have a great holiday, too.

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