Advent-ure Day 10: The Incarnation

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Today’s readings:

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:”The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

– Matt 1:22-23

 

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.”

Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right

– Isaiah 7:10-15

 

 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

– John 1:14

 

The Incarnation

The incarnation is probably the greatest miracle of the Bible and of the Christian faith: that God himself became flesh.

My only response echoes that of the Psalmist: 

 

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Psalm 139:6

 

My family and friends who are from the Anglo-Catholic tradition always bow their heads at the point of the Creed where we say:

 

 

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

 

It is indeed ‘too lofty for me to attain’. Watch this video and ponder on this great mystery of our faith, God made flesh (put the sound on mute if you want to pray whilst you watch):




 

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