Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, our family of five assembles this manger scene in our living room. (Click here to see the stages of construction). One morning while I was drinking my coffee and staring at this year’s version, a new insight came to me.
I thought how sad it was that when our Holy God arrived into our world that was characterized mostly by sin and selfishness, there was hardly room for him. We weren’t ready for him. We had very little to offer him. We hardly knew who he was or even that he was coming. In fact, Herod tried to kill him.
By contrast, when we want to come into his world of holiness purity, he not only makes room for us, but he also welcomes us, provides all we need (like covering for our sin), and rejoices in the interest that we show him. I am constantly overwhelmed with how a holy and just God has found a way for unholy and unjust humankind to come into his presence and enjoy a personal relationship with him. It was Jesus us who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” What a life! What a way to celebrate a Merry Christmas!