Pondering the God Who Had to Grow
Written by Kacie Drake | ChattHOP Staff
My favorite sermons every year come during the season of Lent, when the humanity of Jesus is explored. I love to ponder of our Savior’s childhood – what were his thoughts? What did his earliest years look like? What was his personality as a child?
I would love to ponder these thoughts during this season of Advent, this season focused around the birth of Jesus.
Jesus came as a baby.
Is that as weird for you to think about as it is for me? I am not yet a mother, so babies are nice, foreign things that I admire from afar. In fact, if I’m totally honest with you, I’m still in the life stage where all babies look partially like potatoes and partially like aliens. I promise I’m not trying to be offensive, I love babies. But babies are strange and lovely and loud and I just find myself at a loss when wondering why in the world the KING OF THE UNIVERSE chose to arrive as a little, wriggling bundle of flesh?
It is a MARVEL that God came as a zygote who grew and grew in the womb of the Blessed Mother, arriving as a baby, and who grew as a child, grew as a son, and grew as The Son. Can you imagine the faith of the men who traveled by starlight (literally) to come and adore a baby? A being they could hold in their arms as they did their own children?
Perhaps this King of Kings and Prince of Peace – who already was the King of Kings and Prince of Peace – still had to become the King of Kings and Prince of Peace. He grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. He was tempted in every way. And maybe, just as we do, he had to daily choose, over and over, to walk in righteousness, purity, and obedience.
And this is what doesn’t make sense, making his grace ridiculously apparent:
God, the everlasting, unchanging I AM, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and who was and who is to come – took the form of a human being that had to grow.
Can you comprehend that sacrifice?
Jesus walked out the whole growing up process. Obedience to parents. Relating to peers. Feeling isolated. Having to care for friends and family. I imagine that at least once He had to ask, “Who am I?” “What is the meaning of my life?” He had to make so many choices, so many decisions. Making hard choices in order to walk in integrity and obedience. Maybe they weren’t hard for Jesus – but can you imagine being the Messiah as a young boy, navigating through decisions as the only human without sin?
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
He was tempted in every way. Is not the worst of our temptations the bait to believe that we are not enough?
And yet – He was enough. He was fully Savior even in the manger, worthy of honor and glory. The wise men knew this.
We serve a God who came as THE Son of God who had to become and grow, and who walks with us, sons and daughters of God, as we become and grow. This baby, who grew to be a man, the fullness of God in flesh and the hope of every nation, was born.
Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
And Jesus, the firstborn, walks alongside our becoming. He walks alongside who we are, and says keep going. I am with you.
He came for us, not what we “could be” or “should be” or “would be if…” but US, His sons and daughters.
Oh, that we would see the sacrifice of our servant King – arriving as holy baby, worthy of honor and praise and glory.