Advent is a time of waiting and pondering the way the world has been transformed forever because of Christmas. As you ponder the events and images of Christmas, you realize that they symbolize spiritual realities. One of the most amazing images is the birth of God into the body of an infant.
Can you imagine what that was like for God to become man? How did He squeeze Himself into the body of that seed of woman? God, whose love is boundless, much larger than the universe He created, made Himself into the tiniest of creatures on earth—first an embryo then a baby. Think about that form. Consider the thought of that small helpless child being God incarnate.
Jesus made Himself nothing because He loved us, and He trusted God’s goodness. He became a tiny baby who couldn’t feed Himself, talk, or walk. He made His being into the form of a human baby, and for what?
God became incarnate so that man could become divine. Now you are imagining something more incredible. You and I are made divine through faith in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It’s such a slow process that it is hard to notice in most people. The works of Christian authors such as Brother Lawrence, Thomas Kelly, Francis of Assisi, Frank Lubach, and others tell me that it is possible to live out my divinity moment by moment in the power Jesus gave to me. I want that kind of intimacy with God, but I am far from living it out in practice. I have met a few people on earth that seem to have divine responses to whatever is thrown at them in life. I don’t know them all that well; but from what I can observe, their divinity is more apparent than most.
God did His part flawlessly. No one would have guessed He was not fully human, especially as He bled and died for our sins on the cross. The realities of humanness were fully experienced by Him. I wish I could say that we Christians took on our new nature in Christ as impeccably. Transformation is not instant with us. Far from it, we are less likely to even consider what really happened to us when we believed in Jesus, and He became incarnate in our souls. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states the facts of our divinity: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Unlike Jesus, most of us wouldn’t pass as Divine, the way we drive to work, or even Christmas shop. Yet, that is who we are. The very idea that God would be born as a man is totally divine. God’s birth as man through Jesus and the way He lived and died without sin enabled us to have the opposite effect. We are born into this world as sinners, but reborn as heirs of God through faith in Jesus.
Jesus accepted His humanity to bring glory to the name of God. Will you accept your divinity to bring Him even more glory? Will you remember that Jesus became incarnate so that you could become divine? Why not learn what some of the folks mentioned above practiced, living out that divinity through constant contact with God?