The Savior has done the traveling for us

One of the basic tenets of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God. In fact, we look at the Christmas story with the core conviction that the Baby of Bethlehem was "Emmanuel", which means, "God with us" (Matthew 1:21-33).

Christianity was founded on the belief that Jesus was the divine incarnation of God, who came to earth to pay justice's price for the sins of mankind so we might have hope of salvation. Theologians call this divine miracle, "the condescension".

In one of his memorable statements of faith, Paul said, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9).

We lack an appreciation for this statement for two reasons: (1) we cannot comprehend the glorious realm of heaven from which Jesus came; and (2) we do not realize the depth and true hopelessness of our native condition here on earth. Like the slum dwellers of Calcutta, we are not appalled by our condition. After all, it is home. It is all we have ever known. We are accustomed to the moral pollution in our culture.

Whatever the distance you think you have to go to meet the Savior is nothing compared to the distance he has come for you!