Pastor’s Notes 12-16-17: God With Us

By Dr. Kevin Thomas

We serve an awesome God. It’s impossible to imagine or over-estimate God’s size or power or strength. Some pictures I saw recently reminded me of that fact.

NASA has sent numerous probes into the outer reaches of space. When viewed from the most distant of those probes, our massive planet appears as no more than a tiny speck lost among thousands of other tiny specks. In the portrait of our universe, Earth is invisible. Now, consider that it is God who spoke those worlds into existence. God created a universe too big to comprehend, a universe that includes our tiny blue and green ball. Our home is impossible to find among the stars and planets. We could be easily forgotten. When staring at the universe from God’s vantage point, it would be nothing to ignore such tiny creatures living in such a tiny place.

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5 NLT)

The miracle of this season is that God noticed…and cared…and came. The immense God who holds galaxies in His hand confined himself to the body of an infant boy. God became one of us so that He could show us the way out of our pain, our sorrow, and our hatred. God loves ALL of us on this tiny floating ball so much that He even numbers the hairs on our heads.

God has come near but no closer than we’ll allow. While the Almighty has the power to force Himself on us, He never does. God waits for our invitation.  This Christmas, God has come near, and He patiently waits through all our distractions, waiting on us to notice. Regardless of parties, decorations, and gifts, Christmas will not truly arrive until we invite Him in!