All the words ever written or spoken combined would never be adequate to describe the wonder of our Savior. Every attempt I make to describe His beauty, majesty, or glory falls woefully short. I want to describe what a difference He has made in me, but even the things He has done in my brief life are beyond words and measure.
How do you tell the story of a God who is, quite literally, everything? He already embodies and exceeds all the words I can muster in praise. The love of Christ is so great we are at once overwhelmed and speechless. How could a God like that take notice of someone like you and me?
I think God knew words would never be enough to convey His love for us. He knew no matter how spectacular the sound of the streams or the song of the birds, we could never fully understand His peace. Despite the majesty of the highest mountains or the awesomeness of a clear Alaskan sky, we would never comprehend His glory. So, He did what only God could have done. He sent His Son to live among us, to be one of us and to walk with us.
The birth of Jesus began a lifelong parade of miracles. This mighty God was walking beside average, everyday human beings. He was living life as we did, but He was doing it better. He was living in perfection. What must it have been like to watch such a man walk by? Imagine how the sound of His voice would resonate in the ears of all who would listen. God was here, and He was speaking directly to His creation.
If God had only come to earth as a man and been born of a virgin, it would simply be a wonderful story. But the birth of Jesus was only the beginning. His life on earth meant He experienced everything we go through, not just in spirit, but in flesh. It means the God who is higher than all can intimately relate to our lowly problems and concerns. He understands temptation. He feels our pain. This is a God who is not above becoming like us to relate to and love us more.
I love the story of the birth of Jesus. I am amazed He would humble Himself in such a way. And I love the fact He died so I might have life in Him. But in between, our God walked among us, showing us the way we should live and love one another. Perhaps that is the message we should hold fast to in this season. His birth was a miracle. His death was a lifesaver. But His life showed us everything we could ever want to know about God. Words were never going to be enough, so God sent Jesus to show us what life could really be. He sent Jesus to reveal Himself to us. There could be no greater gift.