In the fall, I was finishing up some edits for my publisher for a children’s book. My purpose for writing this picture book was to get kiddos excited about reading God’s Word. It reads like a fast-paced highlight reel of the Bible, presenting miracles, amazing characters, and spectacular events, so of course, I included Jesus coming to earth.
According to the publisher’s theological review team, that’s what needed fixed. I learned that technically, it is not accurate to say, “Jesus came to earth.” Jesus, as a human, did not come to earth because He did not have a human nature before He came to earth. But it is correct to say, “God came to earth” or “God’s Son came to earth.” I appreciated the clarification.
Think about it this Christmas season: God, the Creator of all, came to earth and took on the form of a human. The apostle Paul describes it this way. “He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human.” (Philippians 2:6-7 The Message).
What an amazing gift to the world. God became man so that mankind could have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with the God of the universe!
Note: My rhyming picture book, The Greatest Book Ever! (A Little Book about the Greatest Book), is scheduled for release September 2023 from B&H Publishing (Lifeway Christian Resources).