Merry Incarnation!

Systematic theologian, Wayne Gruden, at the conclusion of his discussion of the dual nature of Christ, wrote, “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 become one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe.”  Here a theological scholar extraordinaire who has studied and researched all the great truths of our faith declares this event and its extension by implication to be the “most profound mystery in all the universe.” (Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, 563)

As a human being I am sometimes overwhelmed by simple realities.  I absolutely love the Shaker song, Simple Gifts (I think I tear up everytime our Tennessee Ladies Chorus sings their beautiful arrangement), as it captures an expression of thanks and praise that resides deep in my heart.  God is so gracious to allow us to live with the deep joy of simple gifts.  Many of these gifts are accentuated in this season of the year as we gather with family and experience the warmth of human love, the unbridled excitement of children’s response to surprise, the satisfaction of favorite foods prepared by caring hands, the peaceful rest of casual conversation, and memory making of raucous laughter.

As overwhelmed as I am by God’s kindness and grace expressed in these simple gifts I am also reminded this time of year of the truths that are so large, so incomprehensible and pregnant with mystery that I can only begin to accept them into my mind and heart by faith.  The Incarnation and the dual nature of Jesus Christ, Creator, Messiah, and Lord, yet son of Mary, brings me to my spiritual knees and causes my spirit to cry out to the Christ of Christmas, in both Kyrie eleison, (Lord, have mercy) and Gloria in excelsis Deo (glory to God in the highest)!

I pray for you this Christmas a strong sense of gratitude for the simple gifts and the unspeakable gifts given to us by the Lord.  I pray for you voice and opportunity to sing and celebrate the One who has given these great gifts, and what’s more, desires to have fellowship with us.  I pray you will sing and speak of Him in your homes among your families that you love so dearly, and that you will boldly declare His praise in your sanctuaries among fellow believers, and in the public square proclaiming His love to those who need to know His Gospel of peace!

Merry Christmas!

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