Hello all, and Merry Christmas! This being December 25th and I’m not counting on anybody reading this anyway, I’m going to be rather short in today’s ranting. Yes, I am a Christian… Yes, I do know that Jesus was not, in fact, born on December 25th… Yes, I also know the pagan roots of the “Christmas” festival (be they Druid, British, or occultic). Suffice it to say, I set aside the day to remember the incarnation of Jesus and celebrate his soon return. What are you using it for?
Now, let’s chat a bit about the incarnation. Normally this is left to Easter, but a birth without an associated life and death is rather pointless. Any old sap can be born… but not everybody can live and die in such a way as to have their own holiday 2000 years after the fact. The incarnation of Christ is one of those things that still maddens many a theologian, though the strict idea is relatively simple. God became a man. Intellectually that is a very simple concept. However, how can an omnipresent, omnipotent God become a man in a world that is contrary to basically everything He is? That is where the fun begins.
However, we can’t stop there. In the act of being born, Jesus became a man for all of eternity. Think about that for a second. There is a MAN living in perfect communion with God already. Someone in their resurrected frame is before the throne of God… with a physical body, restored human nature, the whole nine yards.
But in His first coming, there is also a sustained promise of his second coming. If you are going to a Christmas service today (or, in my case, going to the prayer room), do not do so without thinking for a minute about the return of Christ. He became a man that He may become a sacrifice for our sins, yes… but He became a man that He may right all injustices that the human race suffers as well. When we celebrate his birth and incarnation, we must not leave out his death, resurrection and soon return.
Jesus is coming… look busy…
(PS) And as a special bonus for this Christmas Edition of The Beat Down, here is the Nicene Creed, presented in its entirety…
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
Begotten, not made, of one being with the Father.
Through Him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation He came down from Heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made human.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
And his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.