God the Immigrant

Another reason God shows a special concern for immigrants is that, in the fullness of time, he became one himself.

God the Son entered our world in the flesh as Christ Jesus our Lord.

Christian theology claims that God the Son has existed since before the beginning of the world in community with God the Father and God the Spirit, three persons yet mysteriously one God. Their dwelling place - the eternal dwelling place of God - has been called "heaven."

Yet, in a way, God the Son has always been present in our world. God is not absent and has never been absent from his creation. God made the world and sustains it continually. He intervenes in history for our good and for his glory.

In the incarnation of God the Son, however, God became human and entered the world in a new way. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, God immigrated to our world.

No cultural divide has ever been greater than that between heaven and earth. 

On the one hand, you have an eternal and pure realm, where God's presence is plainly seen and all acknowledge his rule and reign.

On the other, you have a world created perfectly but broken by sin and death, where stories of God are filled with static and none look to him with love apart from his intervention.

No immigrant has been more unwanted than God the Immigrant. 

Humanity erected a wall of sin, attempting to keep him out. Yet he still entered our world.

His entire generation was persecuted, as Herod slaughtered children right and left attempting to stave off a shift in the balance of political power. Jesus' parents then were forced to leave Israel and spend years as refugees in Egypt, later settling in Nazareth (away from home) for fear of persecution.

All his life, Jesus was labeled as an outsider, from Nazareth, a Galilean.

And ultimately, he was executed without justice, the most horrible deportation ever.

No immigrant has ever had a harder experience.

But the Bible says that Jesus did what he did for the joy set before him.

God became an immigrant because he loved the world.
God became an immigrant for us and for our salvation.
God became an immigrant to enter into the story of Israel.

God became an immigrant.

This is the sixth post in a Short Series: A Biblical Perspective on Immigration. The next post in this series will be ... Immigration and the Justice of God.

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