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Advent II – The Mystery Revealed - Gen 1:1-5, John 1:1-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:52

 

There are a number of mysteries of the Christian faith, two of which stand at the bookends of Christ’s life; his birth and his death, symbolized by the manger and the cross.

 

Mystery of the Incarnation - Christ’s birth or the incarnation is, as C.S. Lewis called it, the “Grand Miracle”. It is the story that the Word, who was there ‘In the Beginning” and the one through whom all things were created, became flesh and dwelt among us. And God came to us in a particular way; he wasn’t born into a palace among royalty but instead, born in a manger, to an unwed couple, humble and meek.

 

The virgin birth has never been a major stumbling block in my struggle with Christianity; it’s far less mind-boggling than the Power of all Creation stooping so low as to become one of us.

Madeleine L’Engle, A Stone for a Pillow


Mystery of the Cross - The second mystery is the purpose for which Christ came to earth. It is the mystery of how God would subject himself to such humiliation, injustice, and suffering. The mystery is also how something as tragic and cruel could possibly lead to our salvation and the defeat of evil.

 

Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


An appropriate response to the manger and the cross is worship. When the shepherds and wise men from the East came to the manger, they worshiped. One song that we’ve been singing during our worship is, “What a Beautiful Name”. Part of the lyrics goes like this:

 

You were the Word at the beginning

One With God the Lord Most High

Your hidden glory in creation

Now revealed in You our Christ

 

You didn't want heaven without us

So Jesus, You brought heaven down

My sin was great, Your love was greater

What could separate us now

 

Come, let us bow down and worship, let us kneel before our Lord our maker (Psalm 95:6)

 

Peace and grace, John

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:16