So Few to Take Him
The entire life and ministry of Christ was one of apparent weakness, and this began at His birth. The King of the universe born in a cattle stall? That's a hard sell. Therefore the great question posed to the human race has always been, do we have the faith necessary to rest in such a Savior? Do we trust that a strong and sure salvation can come from one who seems so small and so inadequate? Tragically, the majority report back on that question has been "no." It's especially tragic this time of year to see the whole world searching for some kind of happiness and fulfillment and love, and yet they look right past Jesus who alone is able to provide all of those things in the fullest.
Dare we do the same? As we look through the pages of Scripture we know that Christ is not small or inadequate in the least. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). He is, as Samuel Rutherford puts it, "bottomless and boundless." Even as a helpless infant the government rested on His shoulders (Is 9). So we are to look past the apparent weakness and see the underlying glory and wonder that is our Savior. Thus Rutherford writes:
O, pity for evermore that there should be such a one as Christ Jesus, so boundless, so bottomless, and so incomparable in infinite excellency, and sweetness, and so few to take Him! O, ye poor dry dead souls, why will ye not come hither with your vessels and your empty souls to this huge, and fair, and deep, and sweet well of life, and fill all your vessels? O, that Christ should be so large in sweetness and worth, and we so narrow, pinched, so ebb, and so void of all happiness, and yet men will not take Him! They lose their love miserably, who will not bestow it on this lovely one.