We are ever asking ourselves what God is like. “Power and majesty”, this is what oftentimes comes to mind whenever most of us think of God. In spite of this being the case, there are those times when what we see of God is a God who comes to us robbed of all power and majesty and comes to us in a state of rather total helplessness and total humility. 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 rather common one is that which is found in the Old Testament Scriptures as in the Books of Isaiah the prophet and the same in the New Testament in the book of Matthew, “Emmanuel…God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
Let us consider the story of God as we see it in the story of Christmas which gets the stage rather unlikely. 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. This then progresses to having his life, after he has been born of the mother, 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. This is just what God is actually is.
When you see God in a manger you need not see a God who has left his divine attributes but this is just the very revelation of His Divinity to us. 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.