Christ Humbled For Us

One of my favorite books in the Bible is Job.  Every time that I come around to it I find it full of fresh meaning, challenges, and beauty.  From the opening scenes in heaven to the dramatic suffering of Job to the eternal lessons of God’s sovereignty and gracious purposes in the suffering of His children, we may find lessons that are right up to date with life in post-modern times.


This year, I’ve just finished Job as we come into the season where we remember and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  One of the famous literary sections of Job contains God’s description of His own mighty power as manifested in His sovereign control over the stellar heavens and over the strong and majestic elements of nature and animal life on earth.  God’s view of reality forever changed Job.  God’s view of reality gives us a look into His majesty in divine poetry.  And God’s view of reality magnifies the great love of God for sinners in the unfathomable humiliation of the Second Person of the divine Trinity in the Incarnation.


These divine descriptions of the stellar heavens give us a sense of God’s greatness.  In engineering, we create units of measurement to give us a meaningful way to engage with creation and to consistently understand and manipulate it for our benefit.  Yet, when we look at the stellar heavens, don’t we get the sense that units of measurement become laughable?  One has but to look up to see that God’s power is infinite and His ways past finding out (Job 11:7, Romans 11:33).  We quickly get into thousands of millions of years when we try to calculate traveling through space in our fastest machines.  And yet the Bible tells us that God “telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names” (Psalm 147:4).


And yet imagine this—Christ, whom John 1:1-3 tells us was the direct instrument of creation, crossed the immeasurable gulf between God and man and took to Himself human flesh in such a way that He became both God and man in two distinct natures and yet one person.  Wow.  This God Who “plays with the stars” and effortlessly controlled huge creatures of ancient times has condescended to sinners by taking on a sinless humanity to redeem and restore fallen sons of men.


Isn’t it amazing that, in Proverbs 8:31, the Bible tells us—just after describing how Jesus was intimately involved in the grandeur of creation—His “delights were with the sons of men”?  Christ has such an unexplainable and indescribable love for His Church that nothing would or could stop Him from assuming human flesh, making Himself of no reputation, taking on the form of a servant, and dying the shameful death of the cross that He might bring many sons to glory (Philippians 2:6-8, Hebrews 2:10).


This year, as we celebrate the Savior’s birth, let us bow before our Christ in humble adoration that He Who cast the stars into the sky and played with behemoth and leviathan bears our names upon His heart and the wounds of our salvation in His incarnate human flesh.  Glory to His Name!