“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. . . The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son —the One who is at the Father’s side—He has revealed Him.” John 1:1-3, 14, 18
In today’s reading from Louie Giglio’s Advent devotional he wrote, “Tomorrow the church celebrates the dawn of grace in the coming of Jesus – the only Person who chose to be born.”
Wow. That is something I have NEVER considered. Jesus is the only Person who chose to be born.
I didn’t choose to be born. You didn’t choose to be born. We didn’t ask God to put us in the town and state and country of our choosing. We didn’t ask God for the parents or siblings we ended up with. We didn’t ask Him for the physical features we exhibit. All of it was planned and determined by Someone other than us.
But not Jesus. He chose to be born. He chose His parents, His town, His physical features, His birthplace, etc.
We didn’t. He did.
We didn’t ask to be born broken, with a sin nature beyond self-repair. But He did ask to be born, to come and dwell among us sinful people, as the only sinless human.
To behold His glory. To look away from ourselves, toward Him who reveals the fullness of God. God did it the way He did it and chose to come to earth in order for us to observe the majesty of the Son. God planned your life and my life and directed Himself to come to earth in order to fix what was broken and give us eyes to marvel at Him in the Person of His Son.
Our lives will never be full or complete or satisfied until we have tasted and seen how good He is and pursue His glorious presence with all that we have. The One who chose to be born has revealed God to us. We didn’t choose to be born. But we didn’t force God to do what He did, either. He could have gotten this whole thing started, watched us mess it all up, and left us to our own vices. But He didn’t. The One who chose to be born loves those of us who didn’t. He expressed this love by choosing to be born, choosing to live with no place to lay His head, and choosing to die so that those of us who have no choice in death might behold His glory – now and forever.
You didn’t choose to be born. But you do have a choice of what and who you will worship.