On a recent date night with Julia, I was handed a tightly swaddled and stomach filled Summit for burp duty. Unsuspectingly, burp duty turned into an interesting course of events. As I sat in the booth of the restaurant, I prevented Summit’s head from bobbing and weaving and patted his back to bring relief. Relief eventually came in projectile form and a muffled rumble from the diaper area. So, the clean-up process began: projectile wipe down, unswaddle Summit, change diaper, caught pacifier from falling on the floor, plug pacifier back in, re-swaddle Summit nice and tight, and a big sigh of relief. Just after the big sigh of relief came another muffled rumble from the diaper area, beginning the process all over again! As I finished re-swaddling Summit and processing all that just took place, I was reminded about the fragility of an infant. This remembrance let me rethink the humility of Christ and His willingness to come to a lower place.
Previously, when I thought about Christmas or Christ’s birth I always saw Christ as the quiet tranquil little baby laying in a manger, surrounded by Joseph, Mary, and all the barnyard animals. I never thought about Mary having to hold His bobbing and weaving head because He was too weak to hold it up on His own. I never considered Joseph having to burp Him, clean up His spit up, or change His soiled garments. I never thought of His willingness to become a total and completely dependant infant.
Compare this total surrender of control and ability with what we read in John 1:1-3.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and with out him was not anything that was made.
This infant created the world, the sun, the stars, the universe, all things that are living, and, all things to sustain the living. Without this infant we would not exist or be able to sustain our existence. So, here we have the creator of all things seen and unseen and He completely humbles himself. He humbles himself to the point of such weakness that He can’t hold His head up, burp on His own will, or control His own bowel movements. Then again because He was sinless, perfect, and holy he probably came out of the womb potty trained, never had projectile vomit, and always slept through the night – just something to ponder!
This moment with Summit was impacting, convicting, and encouraging. I was impacted by seeing the irony in people seeking for the higher when their Lord and Savior always chose the lower, convicted by my own arrogance in this life, and encouraged by knowing that Christ’s humility can dwell within me.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.