As a kid, God was always some distant being. Over the years I have become fascinated with the fact that God created the universe and wants a personal relationship with me! He’s not distant, but close!
I’ve thought a lot about that this past Christmas season, especially just having read the Old Testament where it talks about how people worshiped idols they made out of wood.
16Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
over it he prepares his meal,
he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says,
“Save me! You are my god!”
18They know nothing, they understand nothing
their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
Not too long after reading this in Isaiah, we then went to a museum and saw these idols that also were once worshipped. I couldn’t help but think of this passage where people worshiped an object that had no life and no power.
Compare that with the birth of Jesus. God sends his son in the form of a man in order for us to have right relationship with Him!
20b an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
This is not an idol made of wood, but a living God! It’s astounding to me all. the. time.