“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – spoken by Atticus Finch, written by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Humanity had become horrible as far as God was concerned. The first time this happened, He started over with just 8 people and drowned the rest. That’s His right and privilege since he created it all anyway. The next time, He called a nation to Himself and established them as the light to the world. They would be in a position of grace and glory. All who traveled or traded would pass through them. But they failed again. God’s next and final decision in this matter was centered around Jesus leaving Heaven and living as a human for a while. He sent a dozen prophets to announce this future occurrence. He established wisdom in hundreds of interpreters that helped everyone understand about the Messiah to come.
When the time finally arrived, the people had been whipped into a frenzy of misunderstanding about the Messiah. They took nobility to mean a palatial birth moment. They took power to mean kicking out oppressors. They took it all wrong. Jesus was born in the lowliest of places to a young poor couple witnessed by the under-belly of society. The shepherds were the first on the scene at God’s request. These were the scum of the earth people. No one liked them but knew they were a necessary part of culture.
What is interesting is that when Jesus began expressing who He was to His followers one of the descriptors centered around shepherds. He called Himself the Great Shepherd. Jesus was not known for His marketing. He did things differently. No one, I mean NO ONE, associated with shepherds. To call Himself one would have, seemingly, brought shame and reproach onto His ministry. Yet, He did not care. He wanted the highest to lowest parts of society to know His love and care and compassion.
God was willing to get into our skin and walk around. He had every right to judge. He has the holiness and majesty to pull it off. Yet, God desires none to be away from Him, but for all to be with Him for eternity. So, Jesus came as the God-Man. He walked around. He ate, laughed, cried, and died. The big difference is that He rose from the dead. He created us. He loves us. He knows us. He gets us. He saves us.