I haven’t blogged much in December, but I have been pondering the Incarnation. The “Incarnation” simply being the theological word referring to how God assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ. God became one of us! Christianity also teaches the “hypostatic union”, that Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully human at the same time (not part God and part man). These things are hard for our minds to grasp. Here are a few quotes that might help you consider these marvelous mysteries this Christmas season.
If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth! – John MacArthur in God With Us
It is by far the most amazing miracle in the whole Bible – far more amazing than the resurrection and more amazing than the creation of the universe. The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join Himself to a human nature forever, so that infinite God became one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe. – Wayne Grudem in Systematic Theology
The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding. – Martin Luther
“Because we children of Adam want to become great, He became small. Because we will not stoop, He humbled Himself. Because we want to rule, He came to serve.” – Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership
Evangelicals are quick to defend the truth that in Jesus Christ “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col. 2:9), and rightly we should. But there is a tendency among us, in the interests of Christ’s deity to minimize His humanity. – Sam Storms
Emmanuel. God with us. He who resided in Heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn’t come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety. – Charles Swindoll
[Regarding the sin of human pride] – Karl Barth, the 20th-century Swiss theologian, shows the absurdity of this sin. Our pride demonstrates how much we want to be like God. Meanwhile, God—the eternal and majestic Creator, filled with all power, knowledge, and goodness—empties himself in the form of Jesus, even to the point of a violent and horrific death on trumped-up charges. Humans are puffed up in pride as God is emptied in humility. It is absurd. – in a book by Mark McMinn
Finally, here is a song written and performed by Keith and Kristyn Getty that deeply touched me: “Jesus, Joy of the Highest heaven”.