Dec 252014
 

DETAIL FROM ICON OF THE NATIVITYJ.I. Packer on Christmas;

“But in fact the real difficulty, 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 the resurrection, but in the Christmas message of Incarnation. The really staggering Christmas claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man–that 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 a truly and fully divine as he was human.

Here are 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, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. “The Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than 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 .”

The even more fantastic truth is that He came…for you.

Make your own application…and Merry Christmas.

  12 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. Merry Christmas to all.

    OK, we got the ‘churchy Christmas’ stuff out of the way last night at church and the Christmas story reading and prayer here at home this morning.

    Now it is time for Santa Claus Christmas the rest of the day. We haven’t done presents yet but Santa stuffed my wife’s stocking with $100 of Lotto tickets – we could be millionaires by the end of the day. 🙂

  2. Merry Christmas everyone. For those in pain and suffering, I pray your new year will be a little bit better. That isn’t much to ask. Just a little bit better than last.

  3. Merry Christmas to all. Love and Blessing to Michael.

  4. Happy human Birthday to Jesus.

  5. Blessed Christmas Day and warm wishes for the remaining holiday season.

    Thank you Michael for reaching out beyond yourself to enable others to share with one another the ups and the downs of this very human part of the year, while encouraging one another to keep the main reason for this season is that which we all can agree, no matter where we are, what we do, and how we are doing in the particular circumstances that we presently can be found.

    All praise, honor, and glory to Him. Thank you, Father for sending Him. And thank you, Jesus for all that you are and ever will be to us who are with and to us who are without

    From my humble abode to yours, Michael. Be blessed.

  6. Merry Christmas to everyone!

  7. Amen….The Incarnation is a huge mystery and unfathomable wonder of wonders…. huge.

    Merry Christmas Michael and friends. May your days be merry and bright….

    The Lord is good. In Him, we live and move and have our being…. amen.

  8. Love it!

  9. Merry Christmas to all, those who consider themselves blessed and to those whose hope is for another day.

  10. A very merry and peaceful Christmas to all 🙂

  11. Merry Christmas everyone.

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