Some find it difficult to wrap their heads around truths like the inerrancy & infallibility of Scripture, the definite atonement of Christ, the virgin birth, or even the divine creation of the universe. But for me the most mind-blowing truth Holy Scripture reveals is the one the Church focuses upon this time of year: the Word became flesh. The incarnation, or enfleshment, of Christ has always been dumbfounding to me. Think with me for a moment:
The Sovereign became a servant; the Creator took the form of the creature; the Infinite beyond measure became finite; he who dwells in eternity became time-bound; he who sat upon a glorious, heavenly throne with robe filling the temple laid in a feeding trough with swaddling cloths filling a cradle. Forget the cross for just a moment. Think about the cradle! What child is this! Is this not enough to make much of him? Surely it is. The incarnation of Christ is, in itself, worthy of our uninhibited praise. It is arguably one of the most, if not the most, heart-enlarging and mind-stretching doctrines taught in Scripture. And yes, a thousand times: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. But if no cradle, there would be no cross.
So, allow me to encourage you to think on these things. Behold Christ! As one reportedly wrote: “Remaining what He was, He became what He was not” (Gregory of Naziansen). O wonder of wonders! In becoming absolutely human, Christ remained absolutely divine. So, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15)!
From my home to yours, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!