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Our Upside-Down God

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god has done the wondrously unthinkable, gloriously absurd, and radically counterintuitive.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." - Revelation 1:8

We’ve been learning all month about the sheer greatness of our God. He is the Alpha and Omega, the one who holds all things from beginning to end in his hands. He is, he was, and he is to come, the eternal, unchanging God. And, he is the Almighty, limitless in power. This is who our God is, and we have bowed our hearts before his majesty in worship.  

But, there’s more. 

At Christmas, we celebrate not his majesty, but his humility. Our mighty, infinite, Creator God did something so completely surprising and totally upside-down, that we can say with the Apostle Paul, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) Who could have ever imagined that a God so great and powerful, an uncreated Creator, an infinite Lord of everything would consider the insignificant goings and comings of humankind? Would take off his glory and put on humility for the love of humans?  

In the manger, the Alpha and Omega, Creator God,  

stepped into creation.  

The timeless God, who is and who was and who is to come,  

entered into time.  

The Almighty became weak. 

What kind of God does that?  

What kind of God is born in a feeding trough? 

 

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What kind of God would stoop so low? 

Our God would, the upside-down God. His actions simply don’t mesh with human wisdom. They are instead wondrously unthinkable, gloriously absurd, and radically counterintuitive. The Eternal King set aside his royal robes to wash the dirty feet of his servants. The Perfect One became sin in order to give his perfection to sinners. The Judge was executed in order to set the convicts free. This is what our God has done! He has loved the unlovable, given grace to the undeserving, and breathed new life into things long dead. 

Who is like him?  

So this Christmas, as we peer wonderingly into the manger, let’s not be mistaken about who that baby is. He is the Almighty God who rescues his enemies in order to make friends with them. He is the Exalted King made humble in order to make the humble exalted. How can we not fall on our knees and exclaim with Mary:    

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

How can you find ways to worship our upside-down God this Christmas? 

Thanks for reading,

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