We all have a question we all want answers to and it is that of a better understanding of what God is like, a full knowledge of what God is. In most cases when we think of God, what comes to mind is power and majesty. However, looking at Scripture and other portrayals of God, we see God coming to us in humility and somewhat abject helplessness. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
Christians have the belief cutting all across them that Jesus is the revelation of God. 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 writer of the book of Hebrews, which is as well an inspired writing for the Christian faith, declares that Jesus is the “exact imprint of God’s very nature” (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).
The Christmas story gets us the story of God in a very different setting and stage altogether. 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. This then progresses to having his life, after he has been born of the mother, in 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 divine nature or attributes of God as we can see in these is that of a God who will give all of them for others and hold nothing back for any reason.