“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 (NKJV)
The thing is – it had never been done before. The immortal, omniscient, omnipotent Word becoming mortal and vulnerable and limited. The power of creation becoming one of the created. God becoming man.
It had never been done before, and it has never been done since. In fact, it isn’t even imagined in other world religions. All of humanity’s thinking about God is that God is “wholly other.” Completely unlike us. On the other side of a vast and deep chasm.
But the thing is, God wanted peace. For us. With us. God wanted to know us completely and wanted us to be able to say “God KNOWS what this is like.”
So God came down. Became human. Crossed the chasm.
So that a way could be made for us. So that God wouldn’t be wholly other anymore. So that the chasm would be bridged.
This Advent, may you know peace with God, who did what had never been done before – for you.