Watch Bishop's Christmas Day message, "The Wonder of The Incarnation"
The Shepherds saw a BABE in a manger.
The WISE MEN, arriving later, also saw a YOUNG CHILD.
But the ONE who emerged from MARY'S WOMB that cold winter-night in Bethlehem of Judea was MORE than what was discernible with human eyes.
He was God in human flesh!
It is as much a MARVEL today…as it was 2,000 years ago…
God the father SO APPROVED of the ONE born that night in Bethlehem that He bid His ANGELS to WORSHIP TOGETHER…EVEN THOUGH the SECOND PERSON of the TRINITY…WORE a MENIAL GARB OF SWADDLING CLOTHES and had been LAID on a BED OF HAY!
We can only approach the high and holy subject of Christ's INCARNATION with WONDER & AWE.
Think of it…
In Jesus of Nazareth…God was born…lived in this world…died on a cross…rose again from the dead…ascended to heaven…and was enthroned at the RIGHT HAND of God…as the GOD-MAN…becoming the OBJECT of LASTING WONDER and WORSHIP to all creation.
The QUESTION THIS MORNING is: "HOW is it possible that this ONE PERSON…could be INFINITE and FINITE…DIVINE and HUMAN…OMNIPOTENT and VULNERABLE?"
It TRANSCENDS all human understanding that TWO WILLS…TWO NATURES…and TWO MEMORIES can CONSTITUTE ONE PERSON who is GOD in the FLESH.
We cannot explain HOW BOTH NATURES…in ALL THEIR ATTRIBUTES…can grow together and UNITE in ONE WHOLE BEING…ACTING IN PERFECT CONCERT IN ONE PERSON.
It is a GREAT MYSTERY…THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS…
YET…God DECLARES IT IS SO!
In the INCARNATION…(the TAKING ON OF HUMAN NATURE & FORM) God ESTABLISHED a PERSONAL UNION between Himself and a human spirit…soul…and body…so that Jesus of Nazareth is FULLY GOD and FULLY MAN…
THE QUESTION FOR US THIS CHRISTMAS MORNING IS: "WHY DID GOD DO THIS?"
WHAT NECESSITATED THE INCARNATION…i.e. the INVASION of JESUS CHRIST…the GOD-MAN…i.e. the SON of DAVID…the SON of GOD…into the REALM of our HUMAN EXISTENCE?
ALSO...WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE...WHAT DID GOD ACCOMPLISH BY HIS INCARNATION?
AND WHAT are the BENEFITS OF THE INCARNATION?
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Posted on Wed, December 28, 2011
by George Kouri