The Source of the Gift

Bible Reading: James 1:17-18
Author: Ruth Moorer (New Mexico, USA)
Tuesday 3 December 2013 © The Upper Room.

God chose to come to earth in the form of a human baby. How amazing!

Instead of coming full-grown and in a dramatic fashion, as a kind of super-hero, God came quietly into the world in the weakest, most vulnerable form—dependent on a human mother for food, protection and loving care.

Why did he choose to come to earth as an infant?

If we had been planning the event of God’s arrival on earth, we would certainly have taken the super-hero method, with fanfare and drums.

Only God would have thought to come as a baby. But again we ask, ‘Why?’

God apparently chose to identify with our human condition and to experience life from an earthly perspective, facing temptation, hunger, fatigue, weakness, suffering and death.

He humbled himself so that we might discover that his true nature is love. He came to show us how to live and how to love.

As God’s earthly children, we learn best by following an example; so he sent the best model, the ‘perfect gift’ in a form that we could understand.

How amazing is God’s grace!

Prayer: O God, help us to recognise you in our midst. May we allow you to teach us and to show us the way to fullness of life. Amen

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