Christmas meditations

Posted: December 25, 2012 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Theology, Thoughts

I hope you are enjoying a day off with the family, around lots and lots of food . I love my family, I love getting gifts, I love seeing reactions to the gifts that I give away, but the most important gift we have all been given is the gift of Jesus Christ. It is so easy to lose sight of what this holiday is all about. We could have easily been left to our own ability to make things right with God, but God in His love for us moved toward us. Just think about that for a second…God, in His mercy, in the birth of Jesus, moves toward people who relentlessly run away from Him. How he moved towards us is easily the biggest moment in history. The curse of sin is being removed in the birth of Jesus. The effects of sin (sickness, death, and brokenness) is being restored to the way it should have been had we not broken God’s commands. Aslan is on the move! (for my Narnianites). The incarnation is the implementation of a plan that has cosmic implications.

Here are some quotes that have been helpful to meditate on:

At a time when men (Ceasars) were claiming to be god, God came as a man in Jesus. The Creator became creation, the Infinite as an infant, heaven’s Majesty in a manger. – Chris Gnanakan

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God. – C.S Lewis

He became what we are that he might make us what he is. – Athanasius

Remaining what he was he became what he was not. – Gregory of Naziansen

Christmas is about faith, family and foreign missions: a promise-keeping God left heaven (His place of comfort) to be born into a human home to bring us his gracious salvation(through suffering). Let’s receive this Gift, share his love, and follow His example!-  Chris Gnanakan

Here is a spoken word on the incarnation.

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