The Christmas Paradox, A Holiday Devotional (Hebrews 1)…

Yea, I know, I know, I know… It’s been a while. Remember me? Maybe? Okay, look… I’m sorry. It’s my fault, really. It’s not you, it’s me.

No, seriously. I didn’t forget about you guys. I promise. I still love you, and hopefully you feel the same. For the record, forgiveness is a Christian virtue, sooooooo… (awkward) you really don’t have a choice but…

Life just got crazy. The wife’s pregnant, the job’s picked up, so I missed a few months. Give me time though. I’ll be back.

Anyways… for the few of you still following, attached below is a writing project I did this December for a tremendous publishing called The Lookout Magazine. I was asked by a new friend to write their December devotionals, and I’ll share them in part with you here as they are released each week. Follow the link for the whole thing.



Incarnation, the Christmas paradox: majesty dressed in humility, God’s Son growing in Mary’s belly, the Prince born peasant, Creator created, higher than angels laid lower than cattle, Jesus’ extraordinarily ordinary arrival. Can you feel the tension? If not, try reading Hebrews 1 over a modern-day manger, preferably while in use.

“[God] has spoken to us by his Son,” Hebrews 1:2 says. The Son’s subsequent résumé shows he is a really big deal (v. 2b-9). Yet incarnation was the way he spoke? Couldn’t he have motioned for, I don’t know, a pillar of fire? a raging storm? at least a burning bush? Why the country twang of a Galilean carpenter?

Defining the Divine
Why would God speak like this? Why a manger then a life then a cross? I assume he had options—he’s God. So why not less dirty and bloody? Couldn’t he have just snapped or nodded or thought his will into existence? Why incarnation?

The answer is simple—that’s God…


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4 thoughts on “The Christmas Paradox, A Holiday Devotional (Hebrews 1)…

  1. Welcome back to the blogosphere! I’ve already read all of your Lesson and Lifes, and man, you hit it out of the ballpark! Thanks for doing this, and you really do need to do more writing … when you can find the time, that is. You and I kind of partnered on this, although—full disclosure for everyone else—we didn’t communicate about these at all. So if you’re leading a small group, you can go to the Lookout page and under Bible Study Tools, click “Small Group Questions.” Hope we can partner some more, Tyler!

  2. I have missed your blogs BUT I do understand. Life gets busy. Whenever you can write, I always find it inspirational. Merry Christmas!

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