Journeyman Project Dispatches from the Life of Patrick Fowler: Christianity Explored


Jesus was a baby? Seriously?

"God, did you REALLY send your Son as a baby?"

I always thought that was cute and fun--but now that I have a baby, I keep thinking, "really?" This person is totally helpless, totally dependent, weak, demanding, scared, cold, and unable to do anything but cry, sleep, eat and poop. The Son of God spent His time in this condition? He nursed at Mary's breasts? Mary and Joseph wiped His butt? He came through the birth canal bruised and bloody and crying? He kept them awake at night?

AND - this was your design for humanity? To start as a seed that would need to be planted, nurtured, and monitored for years in order to reach it's potential? Wow. You really did design us to be servants--to take joy in training, nurturing and growing others. I've always thought of us as conquerors, achievers, and managers. I'm sorry. I really need to lean more deeply into the design you have for us. I promise to learn how I am built to be a father. And I'll never doubt Your humility again. You are willing to do whatever it takes to regain our love. I'm so grateful that You loved us that much. That You CHOSE to take on the flesh of humanity--the fragility and limitations of a baby--to save us.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!
~ Philippians 2:5-8

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
~ John 1:14

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil--and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
~ Hebrews 2:14-15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
~ Hebrews 4:15

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