"He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him."
—John 1:10-11 NAB
"The plan and purpose of God would be accomplished through weakness—through human limitation, through dependency—through an infant who was as vulnerable to disaster as any human being who ever lived. This, indeed, is scandal. It overthrows everything we ever thought about God."
—Ann Spangler, from A Miracle a Day, 1996, Zondervan
Weakness. Limitation. Dependency. Vulnerable. Scandal.
These are not words that anyone uses to describe God. We don't say God is weak. We don't say God is limited. We don't say God is dependent, or vulnerable. Indeed, to say such things would be scandalous, blasphemous.
Actually, we don't like these words, or what they represent, at all. We certainly don't want them applied to ourselves, and when we apply them to others, it is not out of respect or admiration. Weakness, limitation, dependency, and vulnerability are not qualities to be desired, nor are they to be tolerated, at least not for long, not permanently.
Yet Jesus—the Only Begotten Son of God—comes to us—is conceived and born to us—weak, limited, dependent, and vulnerable. And He will live out his life and die exhibiting the same qualities—the qualities He will call us to imitate as we follow him, carrying our cross.