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December 25, 2022
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As I reflect on our simple way of being church, I'm reminded how "simply" God came to earth.
Sure, the angels announced his birth, and "wise man came from afar," and even the prophets predicted his coming. But when he came, it wasn't with a great display of power amplified by pomp and circumstance. It was in a "display" of weakness, the simplicity of a baby who came into the world, no doubt, crying with his first human breath.
He could have come already grown, even as a theophany as he did in the Old Testament. But instead he came in actual human form, to live all the way from birth to death. God became a simple human baby to live our full human condition, and yet, he was fully without sin. He did this to redeem us as one of us.
Our God became a baby for us. That decision makes it easy to overlook, easy to have reasonable doubt. But when we fall to our knees to worship him, we see him for who he is. And there we fulfill our searching. There we find reason to hope.
Years ago I wrote a song about that, and for this week's teaching I decided to bring it in song. I trust it finds you well.
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Roger Shenk is the pastor of X242, a network of microchurches.