Through the Sundays in Advent I’ve been blogging about the ways in which God has changed for me, or rather of how my understanding of God has changed. It wasn’t about changes in God but changes in me.
But for those who are thinking God has never changed, you are wrong. God’s nature has changed, that is the real story of the incarnation. The great and almighty God, creator and sustainer of the universe became human.
What a risk.
What if Mary had said No?
The word became flesh, as John put it in his Gospel. The God who existed outside of time, the all powerful omnipotent God, became part of history by becoming human at a single time at a single place. He was born in Bethlehem in Judea. Crucified just outside Jerusalem, was raised from the dead and has ascended back into heaven. And he took his humanity with him. God knows what it is to be human, he cares and understands.
The writer to the Hebrews put it like this:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:14-15 ESVUK.
God took the risk of becoming human, so we can be sure of his love for us.