20th December 2013

God Comes To Us 

Look! Your Saviour comes, ready to do what he said he’d do.”
Isaiah 62:11 (MSG)

The contrast between “our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13 NIV UK) and the Roman view of gods could not be more stark. Lucretius, a Roman poet who lived from 95 to 51 BC, explained in his On the Nature of Things, how “the gods” are “far off, removed from us and our affairs”. The idea that a god would be interested in us and come down to us was “foolishness to the Gentiles”, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:23. Gods keep their distance from us; they don’t love us. They might use us for their own purposes, but they don’t care about what happens to us.

Isaiah explains how the true God, who is the only god, is different: “Look! Your Saviour comes” to you, ready to complete the promise of salvation. That’s the incarnation principle. Not that we go to and try to appease God wherever we think he may be, but that God comes to us wherever we are.

God comes to us: this, more than anything, is central to the story of Jesus’ birth. More relevant than angels, gifts, glittering trees, wise men, shepherds, donkeys and little drummer boys. That God took on our humanity by becoming flesh and bones, like we are, is more important than “the sweet and silly Christmas things, bath salts and inexpensive scent, and hideous tie so kindly meant”, as the poet John Betjeman wrote.

In his poem “Christmas” Betjeman went on to ask, “And is it true? and is it true? the most tremendous tale of all?”. That “the Maker of the stars and sea” should “become a child on earth for me?”

“And is it true? For if it is…
No love that in a family dwells,
no carolling in frosty air,
nor all the steeple-shaking bells,
can with this single Truth compare”.

Everything changed when Christ was born. Everything. It became known that God is not some remote figure, occasionally watching us from a distance. He came to us, and he comes to us still. “God” is “with us” (Matthew 1:23 NIV). Let the good news of God’s incredible incarnation comfort and change you.

God came to us in Jesus, and Jesus is coming again. What’s more, wherever you are, whatever your situation is, God comes to you now.

Gracious Father, thank you for Jesus, who came to dwell among us, and still comes to us wherever we are, and will return to us in glory. In his name.

Study by James Henderson


bible1About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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