We are ever asking ourselves what God is like. A number of times when we think of God, what comes to mind is power and majesty. In spite of this being the case, there are those times when what we see of God is a God who comes to us robbed of all power and majesty and comes to us in a state of rather total helplessness and total humility. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
In the Christian faith, the belief is that Jesus is the express revelation of the Divine. This is affirmed by the Scriptures as we see in the text in John 14:9b in which we hear Jesus declare about himself, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”. The writer of the book of Hebrews, which is as well an inspired writing for the Christian faith, declares that Jesus is the “exact imprint of God’s very nature” (Hebrews 1:3). The rather common one is that which is found in the Old Testament Scriptures as in the Books of Isaiah the prophet and the same in the New Testament in the book of Matthew, “Emmanuel…God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
The Christmas story gets us the story of God in a very different setting and stage altogether. This is a show where you consider the fact of seeing the God of the universe setting into the stage as a microscopic cell which would be absolutely reliant on his mother for his existence and life as a child. The life after birth goes on like proceeding to a life in a manger. Jesus, the express image of God, leads a life in his earthly sojourn, with nowhere to lay his head, washing the feet of the disciples, despised and rejected by his own, and ending it all in the death of shame by the executioner’s hand. This is just what God is actually is.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. The God we see here is one who by His Divine nature will give Himself for others and will not hold back anything for selfish reasons, or a reason of any kind.