Savor the "Climbing Down of God"

Let’s take a few moments to ponder the indescribable reality of the incarnation – Jesus, the Son of God, becoming man.

A few weeks ago my pastor used a quote from Karl Barth to capture the magnanimous heart of God in giving us Jesus. Barth describes it as the “climbing down of God.” Jesus came the whole way down to the earth and made it possible for us to go the whole way up to heaven.

Verses like 2 Corinthians 8:9 explain the great exchange that Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection made possible for us:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

The sermon reminded me of a poem I wrote a number of years ago to describe the wonder of God reaching all the way from heaven to lift us into a relationship with Himself.

Could a Mountain Kiss a Flower

Could a Mountain Kiss a Flower

Could a mountain kiss a flower

At the base of its vast mound

Could its grandeur and its splendor

Stoop to something on the ground

Does it notice some small object

Like the fragile plant below

While such vistas stretch before it

And such visions beckon so

Let me tell you of a Mountain

Of a One so fair and high

Oh its glories, oh its beauty

As it reaches past the sky

Let me tell you of His passion

Of His love for one like me

One small flower, one small blossom

One who needed deity

How He bended, how He leaned down

How He reached so low for me

How He forgave, how He nurtured

How He held me tenderly

And the flower, now so fragrant

So alive with sheer delight

Waves in wonder, waves in honor

Of her Friend so high, so bright

And she reaches and she stretches

Just to catch a glimpse of Him

And He hovers and He lowers

Just to hold her close within

Did He kneel down, did she rise up

How are they so one in heart

Could a mountain kiss a flower

These two ne’er will be apart

                                    -Lisa Hosler

“Father, as we embark on a new year, keep us steeped in these profound truths. May we never lose the wonder of the incarnation that enables us to know You intimately.”

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