Where does God Fit In?
One Christmas a teacher had supervised the construction of the stable at Bethlehem in a corner of the classroom. A barn had been made and its floor covered with straw. In a little crib had been placed a tiny doll to represent the Lord Jesus. Around Him were placed figures of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men and, beyond them, the animals.
One little lad was so fascinated by it that he could hardly tear himself away. He kept returning to gaze engrossed, at the same time the expression on his face showing he was puzzled by something.
At length the teacher asked him, “Is something bothering you, Johnny? Is there anything I can explain?”
With his eyes glued to the manger scene, the lad said, “What I’d like to know is — where does God fit in?”
Christmas, for so many of us, is nothing more than a time of jollification, of all kinds of social activity, of goodwill expressed in giving and receiving presents. Some go even farther and render kindness to the lonely, the needy, the underprivileged — done without looking for reward or personal advantage. All this, and much more, is associated with the celebration of Christmas but — our question remains unanswered, where does God fit in?
Of course, the simple answer for many people is, He doesn’t! Our attitude may not be so blase as that of a young woman portrayed in a cartoon. She and a young man are shown looking at a crib scene in a shop window, and the caption reads, “Look, they are even bringing religion into Christmas now!” Yes, indeed, where does God fit in?
Did you ever stop to consider that in the birth of Jesus Christ, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” II Corinthians 5:19. That “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” John 3:16. The heights and depths of this giving by God was of such magnitude, so beyond human understanding or expression, that the eloquent apostle, Paul, could but exclaim, as he contemplated the mystery of the incarnation, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift” II Corinthians 9:15. Yes, this is where God fits in.
But perhaps you find it too profound, too abstract to grasp. The question has now become, “Where do I fit in?” What happened at Bethlehem is that God became man; Deity was expressed in terms of human personality. And the purpose? “That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name” John 1:12.
When Christ was born at Bethlehem God took upon Himself the form of the mortal that through Him we might become immortal, i.e. receive the gift of eternal life. God fits in alright, but where do you fit in?