day 23 :: Winter Snow

First off, if you downloaded the free Christmas Carol advent cards & have been following along, there is an error on today’s card.  The song listed on the card is Winter Storm.  However, the actual title of the song is Winter Snow.  You can find it here.  It’s gorgeous!

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Christmas is really about the cross.  About redemption.  Salvation.

Philippians 2:5-8

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Christ was God.  Is God.  It’s so confusing.  It’s beyond logic.  And yet it is. I believe that – because I believe the Word of God.  But it’s a conundrum in the brain if I sit & try to piece it all together for too long.  That’s faith, I suppose.

Notice the bold emphasis in the verse above.  I added those because I think they’re worth noting.  I sometimes forget that Jesus didn’t have to come here to Earth, be a human & die an awful death.  He didn’t.  He could have kept on being the King of the Universe with all the privileges that such a title holds.  {I’m imagining those would be substantial & quite nice}

Rather HE CHOSE to.  There’s a huge difference in having to do something & choosing to do something.  Ask my kids. Jesus chose!  He GAVE UP his divine privileges, He TOOK the position of a slave, He TOOK the form of a human, He HUMBLED himself & CHOSE to die a criminal’s death.

HE CHOSE.  At any moment, I truly believe he could have called himself out of this world, out of his pain, out of his suffering, out of his humanity.  He was absolutely still 100% God while he was 100% human {I know, …it hurts my brain too}  But instead of fleeing back to his privileges, he CHOSE you.  He CHOSE me.  He CHOSE whosoever.  And he remained.

I don’t understand why he chose to save the world this way.  As today’s song says, he could have come in like a hurricane, or with such force that no one could disclaim or disregard his entry, his deity, his power.  But he didn’t.  He came in as a baby, in a most quiet fashion.  Still, hidden, quiet, soft, slow.  I don’t understand it.  I wouldn’t have chosen that method.  But then again, I perhaps wouldn’t have given up my privileges & my position & humbled myself at all.  Good thing it wasn’t up to me to redeem humanity.  Good thing.

Christmas is the celebration of this choice.  That the God of creation, the God who reigns forevermore CHOSE to put aside his comfy existence in Heaven, his position, his privilege, his very existence as deity to come and rescue us all.  To return us to him.  Because he loves us so very much.

 Love wins!

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