Celebrating the Incarnation

The sentiment and nostalgia of Christmas sometimes overshadows the earth-shattering truth that it was God who came to our world in flesh, who took on the nature of broken humanity, and who willingly entered into our darkness.

The humanity of Jesus Christ makes relationship possible between mankind and a divine God.  The entrance of the eternal into time and space, into the language and shape of humanity, orchestrated our adoption as children of God.

Reconcile: bring together, unite, harmonize, conform, mediate, make compatible, synch, integrate, retrofit, adapt, format, correlate, attune, orchestrate, renew, redeem, restore, revive, resolve, consolidate, incorporate, embody

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.  (Eph.1:5)

When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  (Gal.4:4-5)

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way.  (Heb.2:17)

“Redemption was accomplished by an intimate, personal movement of the Son of God himself into the heart of our creaturely being in order to save us from within.”  (Torrance, The Trinitarian Faith, p.187)

“The personalising Person of the Son of God became incarnate, but, instead of becoming insincere and hypocritical himself, he healed the ontological split in human being through the hypostatic and atoning union which he embodied within it, thereby reintegrating image and reality in and through a human life of perfect sincerity, honesty and integrity in the undivided oneness of his Person as Mediator.”  (Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, p.69)

“He who is the eternal Son of God, of one being with the Father, is he who is now also man and the fact that the same person who is fully and truly God is now fully and truly man, means that his person is and constitutes in itself the union of God and humanity.  In his one person, therefore, God and man, God and all humanity, are now irrevocably and eternally united.”  (Torrance,  Atonement, the Person and Work of Christ, p.37)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John 1:1-5, 14)

Merry Celebration of the Incarnation and Happy New Creation!
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