Vulnerable God

I made the earth, and created humankind upon it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
Isaiah 45:12
We often take the gospel for granted. We fail to fully appreciate certain parts that we know well—indeed we seem to completely take them for granted. 

Take the Incarnation, for example. We celebrate Christmas as the day the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. But we seldom stop and think about what that means. It's almost as if we don't care that the Creator of all that is—the One who could hold all humanity in a single hand—was born into the created world; that God became vulnerable to the elements and to human neglect and cruelty. 

Based on what we read in the Bible, we are often too quick to criticize Jewish people for not accepting Jesus. In fact, this has been a sad refrain through the centuries. But what do we make of ourselves when we ignore the plain words of Emmanuel, God-in-the-flesh, and fail to see him in the very places we were told to look?

He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
 John 1:11
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Forgive me, Lord Jesus, when I reject you or neglect you or persecute you. Help me to seem you in the faces of my neighbors, and give me the grace to minister to them, the strength to care for them, and the courage to defend them in your Name.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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