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. Nevertheless, there are times when the picture of God that we get is that of One coming to us in abject humility and total helplessness. It is the same God of power of majesty in whose image we see Jesus, having come down here on earth and leading such a shameful life and finally ending it all by suffering the death of the cross.
The common belief running across the Christian faith and world is that Jesus is the express revelation of the Godhead. In the Book of John 14:26 b, the gospel records Jesus declaring of himself that all that have seen him have actually seen the Father. The book of Hebrews further tells us more about the fact that Christians believe that Jesus is the image of God, where we see in the book of Hebrews the declaration that Jesus is the “exact imprint of God’s very being”. (Read 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 in the sense that we see God, the one who had been Spirit, stepping onto the stage as a microscopic cell, one which would be entirely dependent on it the carrying mother for its very life. It then goes on and sets Jesus, the God of the universe, having his life as a newborn, having it to be taken from a manger. The life of the God of the universe we see exemplified in Jesus’ earthly sojourn is of one with no place to lay head, one who is ever seeking to serve and not to be served, washing the disciples’ feet, so despised and rejected and finally dying the shameful death at the hands of an executioner. Jesus in all this leaves us nothing to guess anyway about what God is actually like.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. 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.