Big and little

Think of the vastness of space, not just our little corner but all of it. What did Carl used to say?”Billions and Billions of planets”. God created those. Everything that exists God thought of and then spoke it into being. And then he also created us. We rebelled against him and broke every rule he had put in place. This rebellion separated us from God.

But God loved us and he wanted to create a way for us to be restored to him.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:3-11 –

Our God loves us so much the he humbled himself and stuffed all of his God-ness into human form. In this form He would be subject to time and space, he would need to sleep and eat and eliminate waste. (Mary and Joseph changed God’s diapers). He would feel pain, and thirst, and anger and sadness and joy. He would laugh and cry. He, God himself would experience humanness and do it perfectly.

There is so much to consider when thinking about this, God becoming man, but what struck me this morning is the incomprehensible aspect that the God who lives beyond and outside time and space, entered and restricted himself to both of these just so he could eventually suffer and die. When I was 19 my parents and my older sister Shari brought me to Schreiner’s Hospital in Spokane. It had been a very nice family outing. We got to the hospital and got me checked in and then decided to go out for breakfast. One catch, i couldn’t go. I was now a ward of the hospital. My family was free to roam about the big city of Spokane but I was constrained to stay. Jesus being God had never had restraints on him but while he was here, he was human and stuck to a place and a time. He did this.

For me. For us.

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! ”

Thank you Jesus.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?