We are heading towards another Christmas season and preparing ourselves to bid farewell to 2018. Let’s remember the grace and mercies of God which protected us.
Human is the best creature created by God clothed with the garment of glory. God in human form is Jesus Christ who came to this world to redeem us from all sin and evil. The coming of God and becoming of God into Jesus Christ is the story and history of Gospel. The mystery of God is revealed and reflected in the birth, life and crucifixion narratives of Jesus Christ. All gospel writers explore this great truth in their narratives.
St John 1:14 says “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us”
Christmas is about the word incarnation. We sing it every year in our Christmas carols, especially in “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Charles Wesley wrote that, and one line you’ve sung says, “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity.” The Apostles’ Creed teaches the doctrine of the incarnation when it says, “conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.”
Christmas is frankly doctrinal, and it’s boldly historical. In incarnation the invisible has become visible, the incorporeal has become corporeal. In other words, God has become human. The absolute has become particular. The ideal has become real. The divine has taken up a human nature. This is not only a specific doctrine, but it’s also unique. God is so imminent in all things. God is so imminent that it is possible, but he is so transcendent that the Incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ is a , , , event.
Incarnation is Salvation in History
In other words, the doctrine of Christmas is that God became historical. The manger, the resurrection, the story of Jesus is not just a story. It’s true. It actually happened in history. The point of Christmas is that Jesus Christ really lived, and he really died. It happened in history. He did these things. He said these things. The gospel is not that Jesus Christ comes to earth, tells us how to live, we live a good life, and then God owes us blessing. The gospel is that Jesus Christ came to earth, lived the life we should have lived, and died the death we should have died, so when we believe in him we are accepted and live a life of grateful joy for him. The story and history of Christmas is one more moral paradigm to transform us. Traditional religion says salvation is escaping out of this world into the kingdom of God, but the gospel of Christmas is that salvation is the kingdom of God coming into this world. World is God’s creation, body is holy, matter is precious, physical life is a gift. The future of the gospel is a new heaven and a new earth.
Incarnation calls us to be Spiritual and Mystical
Incarnation will make you deeply mystical, happily material, fiercely relational, and free to be emotional. First of all, Christmas will make you deeply mystical. First John 1:3 says, “Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son.” This word fellowship, which is koinonia, means that if Jesus Christ has come, if Christmas is true, then we’ve got a basis for a personal relationship with God. God is no longer a remote idea or just a force we cower before, but we can know him personally. He’s become graspable. He’s going to be somebody you can relate to. You’re seeing him weep. You’re seeing him upset. You’re seeing him cast down. You’re seeing him exalted. Christmas is an invitation to become mystical. Christmas is an invitation to know Christ personally. The gospel of Christmas makes us deeply mystical and happily material, but it makes us fiercely relational. The Incarnation imprints on us an attitude toward relationships. Christmas is about is that you become more desirous of intimate personal relationships with other people and better at getting them, because the Incarnation is the secret of good personal relationships.
As the Vicar, I sincerely urge members of the parish to prepare us for this Holy season through participating in lent, fasting and prayers. Adhering to discipline our spiritual habits into devotional practices of faith let’s give priority to build our relationship through the act of repentance and reconciliation. As parish let’s wake up from our slumber dreams and look to the future with altruistic visions and imaginations. Future is coming to us and God holds the future. Let’s be a transformed community to serve the Lord in this great nation.
May the Triune God bless you all. . . .
Wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!