Theologians talk about the transcendence and immanence of God. He’s not limited in any way. Yet, so personal you know He’s acquainted with you.
To get an inkling of transcendence, check out this YouTube short from Louie Giglio.
On the flip side, locate a newborn at church on Sunday and gawk for a while. Transcendence, meet immanence.
The same God who created galaxies limited Himself to a newborn so people could know Him. Looking through a telescope gives you a glimpse, but it takes flesh to connect.
Not that everyone makes the connection. “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10-11).
It’s crucial that our students make the connection, for “to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).
Next time you gather as a group, stand in the back of the room and pray for those students by name. Pray that they perceive Christ in the child.