Christmas marks one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Here we proclaim that God became flesh and dwelt among us. Though John has no birth narrative, his insight into the preexistence of Jesus adds a layer of depth to the stories of annunciation and birth we have surveyed this week.
The Christ child is not merely the Davidic king, not merely the son of Joseph, not merely new creation, but the Divine King, the preexistent son of God, God incarnate.
Here begins the humility that will reach its nadir in the humiliation of the cross. Here we begin to see that to love as God loves is to set aside power and embrace powerlessness; to give as God gives is to eschew paternalism and give ourselves.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and his name shall be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, the everlasting father, the prince of peace.
Happy incarnation day!
Ok, ok… Merry Christmas!