When God Went Undercover

Christmastime has arrived, and the Christmas story reminds me of a TV show I once enjoyed called “Undercover Boss,” where large-corporation CEOs disguise themselves as newly-hired workers within their own company.  There they must learn how to work assembly lines, clean bathrooms, and experience the sometimes dank and dangerous conditions of their own company.  At tenure’s end, they reveal their new identity to these totally-shocked fellow workers, who now view their multi-millionaire boss with a new-found awe and respect after seeing them subject themselves to the workers’ everyday world.

That’s the beauty of Christmastime-A reminder that the One who commands angelic armies once went undercover.  He leaped off His infinite throne and landed into a feeding trough/manger to experience the dank and sometimes dangerous conditions of Planet Earth.  Disguised in humanity, the Ancient of Days cooed in a crib.  He who is clothed in light was now secured in swaddling garb.  The One who measured the universe by a hand-breadth was handily cradled by a teenage girl; It is shocking to imagine that for awhile, God weighed just seven pounds!  I pray for a fresh, new-found awe in all of us, as we commemorate this season to the boss of Creation, who subjected Himself to this everyday world.

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

Philippians 2:6-7-7