Divested of distractions

Men are too ready to look upon God as crushing force and cold omniscience. Had Christ appeared on earth with all His splendours about Him, He would have perpetuated our mistake. But He took another way. It is the very essence of the Word to be the Divine expression of the inmost nature of God. The inmost nature of God is love. and when Christ emptied Himself of the excercise of omnipotence and infinite knowledge, He did not empty Himself of love. He divested Himself only of that which would have dazzled and distracted us, in order that we might see His love more perfectly. The self-sacrifice of Bethlehem, leading on to that of Calvary, leaves no room for doubt. The Babe, lying in the manger, is the “sign” (Lk. 2:12) which convinces us of a richer theology than we could have guessed at, and makes us cry, with the angels, “Glory to God in the heights.”

–Arthur J. Mason

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