Focus: Downward and Upward
This time of the year we find ourselves making statements that include the idea of God the Son “coming down to us.” And surely this is true—the humiliation involved in the Incarnation is indeed best pictured as a downwardness.
In fact, we must not take this downwardness—this taking on of our humanity—out of His coming. His coming down—living in the stench and cold of our world—may seem somewhat irreverent. But if we want to stay in touch with the reality of what this is all about, we must not keep His humanity out of the Incarnation. We must let Him into all the muck and mire of our life. Why? Well, in the words of Max Lucado, “Because only if we let Him in can He pull us out.”
And it is this—this upwardness—that is the rest of the story. There is a sense in which we are raised by His coming to us—the Heavenly draws the earthly up into itself and changes it forever.
In Christ the Divine takes up into Himself our limitations, weariness, frustration, pain, and death. Our darkness, received into the heart of Deity, is swallowed up. And as C.S. Lewis asked, “Where, except in uncreated light, can the darkness be drowned?”
Remember this year that Christmas is not only the celebration of His coming down to us, but equally our being brought up to Him—brought up from decay and destruction into glory and immortality.
What was once hidden from our eyes we are now privileged to see: “We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14b
... Pastor Gary