We use the phrase “coming to Earth” a lot at Christmas. Jesus came to Earth as a baby, for example.
Where did he come from?
How did he get in Mary’s womb? Seriously, how did he end up as a growing baby inside a human being?
Here’s your answer. Ready?
I don’t know.
You don’t either. It’s a mystery beyond our comprehending that Jesus could exist from before the beginning of creation, from before the beginning of time, even, as a Spirit without a body, and that he could then take the form of a servant to come to Earth, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among men.
I can think all day long about this and not get anywhere. Jesus was fully God and fully man at the same time, and I don’t understand.
I don’t have to understand, but I do have to believe. I have to trust by faith that this is true, that his life, death and resurrection actually happened and that I can be saved by grace through faith. There’s the operative word – faith.
It takes faith to believe a mystery we cannot understand, especially when we’re talking about life and death. All available evidence points to a Jesus who was born, lived, died and rose again, but it really just comes down to our belief.
Here’s the thing – it takes just as much faith to not believe in Jesus as it does to believe in him because we can’t believe in nothing. As a tweet I saw recently said, “Christians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. Materialists believe in the virgin birth of the cosmos. Choose your miracle.” – @glenscrivener
So, we have to be okay with not knowing every last detail of how things work, and for some people, that’s too hard to accept. The story of a virgin giving birth to a baby who grew up to become a hero who was killed and came back to life is pretty far out there.
A singer/songwriter named Jess Ray is part of the Behold the Lamb of God tour this year, and she wrote a line in one of her songs that perfectly encapsulates the mystery of God coming to Earth and saving us:
“It may be too good to be understood, but it’s not too good to be true.”
No matter how hard you think, you won’t understand how God became man. But that doesn’t make it any less true, so glory in that undeniable truth this Christmas season.