We can forget just how astounding this statement really is. God becomes a man who is born? God, in the person of Jesus Christ, will actually experience birth?
We should be astounded that such a mighty God can come as such a helpless babe! While not wanting to rush the Christmas season, teaching through Matthew on Sunday mornings brought me to ponder for a few moments the weight and majesty of this verse. Here is my attempt to order those reflections into a brief poem.
Man Become God, God Become Man
God holy, man lowly
God exalted, man exhausted
God eternal, man temporal
God all-knowing, man know-it-all
God reigns majesty, man toils futility
God surveys starry realms, man travails sodden helms
Two worlds collide
One lives, one died
Met together in a manger bed
To save a world already dead
What shall we say to such love as this?
Come, Lord Jesus, come, come and kiss
That mankind be made anew
All heaven and earth join in too
This Jesus Christ with outstretched hand
Constricts all evil’s withered plans
Reconciles a world unmanned
Man become God, God become man.
Daryl Pepper, Associate Pastor