Message from Rev. Moore – December 2019

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”   22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”  (which means, God with us).

Mat 1:18-23 ESV

The term incarnation is a theological term used to describe the nature and person of Jesus Christ! The word incarnation means to enflesh or give bodily form, literally the act of being made flesh. This is what John 1:14 teaches: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”  The word flesh means human: God became a human being! The Incarnation teaches two important truths: Jesus is God; Jesus is human!

Have you ever considered the beautiful irony of the birth of Christ—the Eternal Son of God becoming man? During the holy days of Christmas every year, we have the chance to revisit this irony and no matter how many times I revisit this leitmotif in Scripture I always marvel at the profundity of God’s love, a great love vouchsafed in such a little package.

In conclusion, during this season of Christmas consider anew this beautiful irony. To help us ponder, listen to St. Augustine’s ironic description in two of his sermons from the 4th century:

Our Lord came down from life to suffer death;
the Bread came down, to hunger;
the Way came down, on the way to weariness;
the Fount came down, to thirst.
—Augustine, Sermon 78

He so loved us that, for our sake,
He was made man in time,
although through him all times were made.
He was made man, who made man.
He was created of a mother whom he created.
He was carried by hands that he formed.
He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, he the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.
—Augustine, Sermon 188,

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Carl