The Lord says, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord of Hosts sent me to you. (Zechariah 2:10-11)
Relate: He came to live among us. But we didn’t want Him near. He came to show us the way. But we wouldn’t listen. He came to save us. We killed Him. He knew even before leaving Heaven to join us here that this was exactly what would happen. But He came anyways.
React: Thousands came for the free food. Tens of thousands would walk from one nearby town or another to listen to some nice parables for an afternoon or two. But when push came to shove only one male disciple and a few women even dared follow from a distance. Only one hundred were there ten days after the resurrection. From these small beginnings the world has been turned upside down.
God’s plan for saving us was crazy. From the incarnation onward it can only be understood as recklessly crazy. It would be like me becoming a cockroach to save cockroaches knowing from the start that I am destined to be cannibalized by the other cockroaches. I know the analogy is weak, but there is none better. There is none adequate. What God did is mind numbing. What He did was beautiful.