I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. – Isaiah 65:1
One of the most amazing things that I have ever seen was the purple light of the setting sun upon the snow capped mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. I was on a business trip, and I was just glancing out the window of the airplane as it landed. To my great surprise and delight, the sunset upon that mountain range was a royal hue that I never thought possible. It was breathtaking.
Such experiences are all the more amazing because we did not, and indeed could not, anticipate them. We do not know what to look for even if we tried because the reality defies our imagination. This is true of Jesus Christ, and I believe this fact is why many people reject Him. The idea that the Almighty God would become a man seems preposterous and ridiculous. Even the faithful can barely comprehend it even if it motivates our gratitude. The hymn writer, Isaac Watts, put it this way,
Alas! And did my Savior bleed
And did my Sov'reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
When we consider the holiness and majesty of God, it truly stuns the mind of the faithful to realize that the Son of God was born and lived with the same burdens as us. Yet, He did so without sin in order to satisfy the covenant God made to save His people from their sins. We could not rightfully ask Him to stoop so low or take this weight upon Him, but He did so for Love. God is love, and when Jesus the Christ was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, the truest love was born too. Amazing pity and grace unknown indeed!