Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish everyone in blog land a Merry Christmas.
This quote is something I have been savoring and trying to absorb this past week. It is from "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer, chapter 5 God Incarnate.

"But in fact the real difficulty, because the supreme mystery with which the gospel confronts us, does not lie here at all. It lies, not in the Good Friday message of atonement, nor in the Easter message of resurrection, but in the Christmas message of the incarnation. The really staggering Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man-that the second person of the Godhead became the "second man" (1 Cor. 15:47), determining human destiny, the second representative head of the race, and that He took humanity without loss of deity, so that Jesus of Nazareth was as truly and fully divine as He was human. Here two mysteries for the price of one- the plurality of persons within the unity of God, and the union of Godhead and manhood in the person of Jesus. It is here, the the thing that happened at the first Christmas, the profoundest and most fathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. "The Word was made flesh" (John 1:14); appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more then lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the incarnation."

What a savior!

1 comment:

Heather_in_WI said...

Wow. Great post.

Hallelujah -- What a Savior!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
~Heather