I remember my first weeks as a brand new mom were such a mix of emotions. I was so excited to be a mom. I prayed to have this child and now here she was. Precious and perfect. At the same time I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I was overwhelmed. As the weeks went on I was beginning to understand the routine of changing, feeding and sleeping for a short time before the cycle began again. In the treasured moments that I got to just hold my baby and admire her, I was amazed how helpless we are when we come into the world. We are totally dependent on our parents to take care of us. We have no way of getting food besides crying. We can’t move from one place to another. We can’t even lift our heads.
Even more amazing to me was that Jesus came into the world as an infant just like this. Unable to move, speak or get food. Just like us, He had to rely on His parents to care for Him. How amazing that He came down in such a humble state. He who was there when the world was created. He watched the oceans be born. He saw the planets take their places in the universe. The Son of God left His divine place in heaven to be born as a helpless infant. He could have skipped the yucky baby part and those awkward teenage years and stepped into humanity as a full grown man. Yet He did not do that. He came into the world just as you and I. I am amazed and in awe of such love. I am humbled by the great sacrifice He made in simply stepping into our world. What kind of great love is this that would make such a sacrifice for us?
Another thing I felt as a new mom was an all consuming love for my child. Never had I felt such a complete love. I wondered how it would be if I had more children because I could not imagine loving another child as much as I loved my daughter. Yet with each child I had there was that same great love. It took becoming a parent for me to understand this selfless love the Lord has for us. This amazing love is how He could leave His seat in heaven to enter the world as a helpless infant. The love that helped me endure the tiring schedule of feeding an infant day and night is similar to the love Jesus has for us enabling Him to endure all He had to endure on this earth. From judgment and conflict of the religious people of His day to the brutal beating and death on the cross. He did it all because of His love for you and me.
I remember when it dawned on me that my mother also felt this love for me when I was an infant. She, in response to this love, layed down her plans to care for me. When I realized this I was beside myself with gratitude to her. That gratefulness goes even deeper when I think of the depth of love and sacrifice of Christ for me.
As overflowing as my love is for my children it doesn’t even compare to the love the Lord Almighty has for us. He doesn’t just feel love for us. He doesn’t just show His love to us. He actually is love. He is the embodiment of love. We love because God has shown us how to love. Love comes from God. If I love my children so deeply yet that love is only the tip of the iceberg of His love for me, then how great…how amazing is His love for me. How amazing is His love for you!
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8 (NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 (NLT)
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is to great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)