I was reading in Ezekiel 46 recently. This chapter talks about how the prince went into and out of the temple to worship the Lord. Verse ten says the prince goes into the temple among the people, and out among the people. It got me thinking about how—though he was elevated in his position, his importance in the community—he was still on equal footing with everyone else before God.
And each of us is equal before God. It doesn’t matter if we rank high in this world’s status, if we have more followers on Facebook or Twitter, or if our Klout numbers are higher than many others.
It doesn’t matter if He has used us to influence the multitudes, or the few in our small circles. He sees us equally. Loves us equally.
And yet, He sees each of His children as unique. He knows how He crafted each person who’s ever walked the earth. There are scads of us who have walked, are walking, and will walk this globe. Yet, He loves us individually. He loves us uniquely.
God loves each of us as much as He possibly can. Passionately, Perfectly. Completely.
He gave the best gift He could offer—His Son.
Jesus humbled Himself, left a throne, gave up majesty . . . and being worshiped by angelic beings . . . to take on frail human flesh.
He was born in a stable, where animals and germs, and old hay made up His warmth and His bed.
He was born to a poor young woman and a carpenter. Not a king, or a nobleman. A blue-collar worker.
He wasn’t born to a couple who stood out on the society page of the newspaper, but to those who probably lived invisible lives.
Jesus lived a very human life, learning the carpentry art of His earthly father, scrapping with brothers, perhaps teasing His sisters . . . human, yet God-made-flesh.
He stood for something and gained attention, but not for Himself. He shared a message of God’s love to all who would accept Him as Savior . . .
. . . To all who believed God loved them enough to make a way for them to spend eternity with Him.
A message of hope for all mankind.
Jesus died a criminal’s death, for standing up and declaring truth.
He was very common. There was nothing outstanding or status-building in the way He lived His life.
Except that He is God incarnate. God with skin on.
Jesus went into the temple and worshiped, just like all the others in His community. And yet, He was God.
He’s offered the gift of salvation, of hope of a better place. Forgiveness for our sins.
This is the gift God offers to each common person in this world. To each status-built person who walks, or has walked, or will walk, this earth.
He loves all of us equally. Sees each of us uniquely. And loves all of us passionately. This is an amazing gift to contemplate as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.
What better gift could we ask for?
What about you? What amazes you about the Christmas story? What part of God’s love is hard for you to accept, or leaves you in amazement?