It is like we can feel the pain in our own bellies when God calls for Eve and Adam in the Garden after they have eaten the fruit from the cursed tree. Somehow we know something has gone terribly wrong on account of that Eve and Adam are hiding. In the depths of our being we know this is our story too. A wonderful relationship is broken and someone has to take the initiative to restore this liaison which originally benefitted both parts.
If we hold this notion that the incarnation was all about morals; that Jesus came so that we could become better persons, then we somehow have missed the beauty of the incarnation. God’s call for you and me is answered in the incarnation. In Christ we come out of the bushes and call back: Here I am!
The incarnation is about people. Our Father is the one who went that extra mile, who extended His hand, who humbled Himself to restore peace in paradise. C Baxter-Kruger writes: “In Jesus the Father, Son and Spirit have reached us in our traumatic darkness, and established a real relationship with us at our very worst.”
The sheer tenderness of our Father’s love defies logic. It is shocking, outrageous and unexpected. Through the incarnation He invites us to share in a life which principal property isn’t quantity, but quality. This life, which is the same quality of life that is shared between the Father, Son and Spirit, is abundant or super-abundant. It cannot be extinguished or quenched. It endures forever.
This life is shared with us relationally and, moreover, isn’t dependent on our conduct, but it only hinges on God’s love which forever is a fountain of joy and goodness. Fred Pruitt concludes: “Jesus didn’t come for theology, religion, to give a “message,” set up a church or for anything else other than you and me and all the rest of us.”