Long before the beginning of time a just, yet loving God designed a plan to rescue a creation not yet made.
It involved a baby. Odd to hang the fate of a world on one helpless child. But God did.
This wasn't any ordinary baby, though any parent will tell you, sometimes ad nauseum, that their child is not ordinary!
But this one was truly unique. He was God wrapped in skin. He was Emmanuel, God with us (Isaiah 7:14).
God, the Father, knew that you and I would sin, and by those offenses against Him cause an impossibly wide breach between us. He knew that you and I might try to bridge that gap—maybe.
We might try to be good. We might try to be religious. We might try to be generous. We might try any number of things. But He knew we'd never reach Him, never heal the breach, on our own.
So, because He knew we couldn't reach high enough, He designed His plan to stoop down and provide the way for us to come once more into His presence.
No, this was no ordinary baby. This Emmanuel was the key to the door of the throne room of God, the Father.
The psalmist remarks: "Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow" (144:4). Not much to us at all. But still He cared and formed Himself just as we are formed, a vulnerable baby, in order to show us just how much He cared.
This is the season to celebrate THE Baby. Celebrate Him well because to Him we owe everything.