For all the amazing aspects of God’s being, character, and
personality—His infinite power, knowledge, wisdom, love, grace, and mercy—the
most amazing of all just might be the Incarnation. It is staggering to think
about a perfect God taking on imperfect human form, the infinite becoming
finite, the immortal taking on mortality, the invisible God becoming visible
through His Son, Jesus Christ.
God coming to earth in the form of a lowly human being is such a
profound mystery, and so unexpected, that even today, two thousand years after
it happened, people still struggle to understand how it was possible. Even
followers of Christ often fail to grasp the significance of the Incarnation.
Once a year they, along with the rest of the world, are reminded of this event
when they celebrate Christmas, but the true implications of what the birth of
Jesus means are generally lost amidst the pageantry, decorations, and gift
John Newton a former slave trader, understood what it all meant when he
composed the world’s most popular hymn: