Included in this week’s issue:
What God Becoming a Baby Did
“The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.” –C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Was Jesus Always Easy-Going?
It is widely held by many Christians that every word that came from Jesus’ mouth was warm, encouraging, and kind. Yes there was that time he got angry in the Temple and turned over the tables. He had harsh words for the religious leaders of the day. But beyond these two examples, he was always gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Not so true. The Lamb of God was the Lion of Judah as well.
This interesting article by one of our staffers demonstrates that Jesus did indeed have a side that gets little press today in more fashionable circles. It is worth a read and sharing with your congregation. As we celebrate the coming of our Savior, it is important we seek the true Christ, the comfortable and the uncomfortable.
God Became Man
When we consider Christianity amongst all the world’s other religions and philosophies, one of the things that sets it apart in dramatically distinct fashion is that the eternal God of all creation became human in the form of a unborn child. And he passed through every phase of human life and experience until his brutal and humiliating death on the cross. He then ascended bodily into heaven to the right hand of the Father. In all the other religions, God simply does not do such things, staying too far beyond our realm. But that is not the case with Christianity. C.S. Lewis, in his wonderful book Miracles, put it in dramatic terms that we should all reflect upon at this time of year. He calls the incarnation the “Grand Miracle”:
“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say God became Man. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. …The fitness, and therefore credibility, of particular miracles depends on the Grand Miracle; all discussion of them in isolation from it is futile. …If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth – the very thing that the whole story has been about.”
Indeed. And of course it DID happen, for the world’s calendar itself has marked the fact for millennia.