Readings: John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
I remember before having kids I would see young fathers playing on a playground with their kids and thinking how awkward that must feel for them. I’m talking about the parents that would climb in the tubes and go down the slides like, “This is a completely normal thing to do on a Friday afternoon.” I thought, it must be very humbling to act like a child with other grown adults watching. Then, I had my own kids. Of course, I find my 6 foot self climbing in the tubes and chasing my kids while screaming in a goofy voice, “I’m going to get you!”. I was shocked to find out it was a bit humbling, but it really doesn’t phase you because all you care about is being with your children. What I failed to account for before I had kids was the amount of love I would have for my kids. A love that would pull me into that slide acting like a goof.
I can’t really get my head around how humbling it must have been for the creator of the universe to wear flesh and be one of us, but I am sure the reason He did it was out of love. Christ lived out this love for us in everything that He did while on earth, including being crucified on a cross. Christ wore our human limitations. He was tempted; you could even say He wore our shoes. We have a God who understands our weaknesses because He wore them as well. This is who our God is, a God who is willing to get in the playground so He can be with His children.
Imagine yourself as a child at a playground with Jesus. How do you think Jesus would interact with you/others at this playground? Reflect on how this exercise illustrates your view of God.
Lord, thank you that out of your love you came in the flesh and lived amongst us. Help us to see you today in the routine of our day because we believe you meet us where we are. Help us to see where we can partner with what you’re Holy Spirit is doing in bringing the Kingdom of God here as it is in heaven. Amen