What does it say about God that he would come as a helpless infant? A baby who could not speak for himself, care for himself or feed himself. A baby who was born in a barn, among common barnyard animals, to ordinary parents. A baby visited by shepherds, and who had to flee to Egypt to escape a death squad sent by a jealous king. What does it say about God that he was willing to come into the world unarmed and defenseless?
I think it tips God’s hand as being compassionate, empathetic, and “with us” in every way. Fact is, the name they gave the baby was as common and every day as Jim or Bob. Which again tells us something about the love that came down at Christmas. If I had written the script it would have been much different.
This weekend (Dec. 18, 2016) we are going visit the story of the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1:18-25. I think you will be surprised by some things you will hear from a very familiar story. Listen to the sermon here after the weekend.