Snuggling my niece to sleep the other night I couldn't help but think of the incarnation. I can not imagine how Mary and Joseph felt as the angel gave them the most shocking birth announcement of all time, the God of the universe, the God of their ancestors was not just coming to dwell on earth but in Mary's womb. The God of Adam and Eve, who once walked in the garden and promised a snake crusher to destroy the evil they had allowed into our world would lay in their arms. The God of Noah, the God who set apart a family from destruction would suckle on Mary's breast. The God of Abraham who came down as a pot of smoke and burning torch, covenanting with a man and his descendants promising an unbreakable covenant would learn to walk holding Joesph's hand. The God of Jacob who wrestled with Jacob until he blessed him and gave him the new name of Israel would eat at their table. The God of Joseph, who in His providence allowed Joseph to enter into great suffering to save his people would learn his earthly father's trade. The God of Moses, displaying his glory through burning bushes, plagues, and parted seas, showing his people he would rescue them no matter how impossible the situation would sleep under their roof. The God of the High priest, the priest trembled to enter the inner part of the temple and only did it while sprinkling the blood of sacrifice, this God would go to worship at the temple with his parents. The God who had clothed the naked and ashamed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals would now be wrapped by the woman in clothes and laid to sleep in a stable of animals. A great reversal was taking place, God had come low so we could be lifted high, he had come to crush evil, to reverse the curse, to bless us and give us a new name, to redeem our suffering, to be the final sacrifice for our sins, to clothe our nakedness and remove our shame. This was the incarnation, God with us, yes, but more importantly God as one of us because it was the only way to save his people from our sin.
"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21