Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.
Anytime we set out to create anything in this world, we find there is risk involved. People may not receive us or our ideas. We can feel vulnerable, anxious, and fearful of rejection and failure. As we enter another season of advent, we should meditate on God’s vulnerability in Jesus being given to this world.
We hesitate to fully give ourselves to others because we all have parts we would rather others not see. What if they no longer respect us or even reject us? Yet we find, relationships can only progress so far with platitudes of strength and accomplishment. It is only when we let down our guards and become vulnerable that we experience deep connection.
Jesus’ arrival stands against the idea that if you do it right, you’ll get access to His presence. He was freely given to this world while we were yet sinners. God so loved the world that He made himself vulnerable to rejection. His presence was and is freely given. He has never withheld it; it is we who reject it. Isaiah would go on to say, ‘He is despised and rejected of men, a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.’ – Isaiah 53:3
To us a child is born, to us a son is given, he is Immanuel, God with us. We can lower our guard and be vulnerable with him who would leave the glory of heaven to be with us. A relationship based on trying to earn love inevitably fails. It is when we trust that His presence is love that we can be vulnerable, fully giving ourselves back to Him. In this, we cannot fail.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for giving your son Jesus Christ for my sin and the sins of the whole world. Jesus, I thank you for your vulnerability in becoming fully man and knowing what it feels like to be vulnerable and rejected. Help me to trust in your love, giving myself fully to you and your service. Amen.