Why does He condescend? What is His purpose? It is for you and me—that we might be brought to God, that we might be redeemed, that we might be made rich. Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.
As we meditate on this, it cannot but move us: Behold your God, your holy, holy, holy God as a baby in His mother’s arms, coming to rescue.
The Puritan preacher Thomas Watson puts it movingly in his book A Body of Divinity:
He was poor, that he might make us rich.
He was born of a virgin that we might be born of God.
He took our flesh, that he might give us His Spirit.
He lay in the manger, that we may lie in paradise.
He came down from heaven, that he might bring us to heaven. . . .
That the ancient of Days should be born.
that he who thunders in the heavens should cry in the cradle. . . .
that he who rules the stars should suck the breast;
that a virgin should conceive;
that Christ should be made of a woman, and of that woman which himself made,
that the branch should bear the vine,
that the mother should be younger than the child she bare,
and the child in the womb bigger than the mother;
that the human nature should not be God, yet one with God.
Come and worship!
The nineteenth-century Baptist pastor William Gadsby takes up this theme in his hymn “O What Matchless Condescension”:
O what matchless condescension
the eternal God displays,
claiming our supreme attention
to His boundless works and ways;
His own glory
He reveals in gospel days.
In the Person of the Savior
all His majesty is seen,
love and justice shine for ever;
and without a veil between,
we approach Him,
and rejoice in His dear Name.
Would we view His highest glory,
here it shines in Jesus’ face;
sing and tell the pleasing story,
O you sinners saved by grace;
and with pleasure,
bid the guilty Him embrace.
In His highest work, redemption,
see His glory in a blaze;
nor can angels ever mention
aught that more of God displays.
Grace and justice
here unite to endless days.
True, ’tis sweet and solemn pleasure,
God to view in Christ the Lord;
here He smiles, and smiles for ever;
may my soul His Name record,
praise and bless Him,
and His wonders spread abroad.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on EalingLevy