We all have a question we all want answers to and it is that of a better understanding of what God is like, a full knowledge of what God is. “Power and majesty”, this is what oftentimes comes to mind whenever most of us think of God. Nevertheless, there are times when the picture of God that we get is that of One coming to us in abject humility and total helplessness. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
Christians have the belief cutting all across them that Jesus is the revelation of God. In the Bible, reading the lines in the gospel of John, we hear Jesus declare about himself that all that have seen Him have seen the Father, reading as taken in the book of John 14:26 b, and these affirm this belief in the Christian world. The writer of the book of Hebrews, which is as well an inspired writing for the Christian faith, declares that Jesus is the “exact imprint of God’s very nature” (Hebrews 1:3). The Old Testament even further ground this belief, as we see in the book of Isaiah the mention of “Emmanuel” which is said to mean “God with us” and these are in the seventh chapter and the 14th verse of the book of Isaiah and as well in the book of Matthew chapter 1:23.
The Christmas story gets us the story of God in a very different setting and stage altogether. This is a show where you consider the fact of seeing the God of the universe setting into the stage as a microscopic cell which would be absolutely reliant on his mother for his existence and life as a child. The life after birth goes on like proceeding to a life in a manger. Further into the life of Jesus, who is the exact imprint of God, shows us one who leads his life on earth with no place to lay head on, despised and rejected, serving and not to be served, washing the disciple’s feet and in the end having it all ended in the shameful death on the cross. Jesus in all this leaves us nothing to guess anyway about what God is actually like.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. The God we see here is one who by His Divine nature will give Himself for others and will not hold back anything for selfish reasons, or a reason of any kind.