This Christmas FiG is helping you to keep yourself focused upon Christ in this busy season where we celebrate our saviour's birth. The sixth day is brought to you by Mark Smith, Pastor from Napier Grace Church.
Christmas has been hijacked. Held ransom by cupidity and consumerism. Retailers inspired by Saint Nick have devised a narrative procuring their desired target. What narrative will hold us captive this festive season? Christian’s, largely consider Christmas something to be celebrated, although, not without controversy. Puritans protested its observance, the Eastern Orthodox church prefers an alternate date, and Liberal Christians question the truth of the virgin birth. The incarnation is unfathomable, apart from an omnipotent God. Mary herself, wrestled with the biological inconceivability of the event, except for Divine intervention. She rested in knowing that ‘nothing is impossible for God.’
The enormity of the incarnation is not lost on the angelic world as they burst into praise. ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ captures both the majesty and mystery of the event, ‘God of God, Light of Light, Lo, He abhors not the Virgin's womb, Very God, Begotten, not created….Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing’. Contemplation of this miracle stretches our minds beyond the limits of human thought. Leaving us to simply accept and adore.
The reason for the incarnation doesn’t go unnoticed by angelic world either. They see the ‘favour of God’, kept from the fallen angels, granted to men. The angel Gabrielle informs Joseph that this child ‘will save his people from their sins.’ [Matt 1:21]. The humiliation of Christ in his incarnation and the agonies of Christ to secure our salvation leave the angels in contemplation and wonder [1 Peter 1:12]. This should profoundly affect us. In infinite love Jesus leaves his Father’s side and takes on our flesh, to atone for our sin, to secure our forgiveness, to grant us life and give us a glorious future. We should be filled with extraordinary gratitude and undying appreciation for the incarnation. ‘Thanks be to God for his gift, the gift we can never fully describe!’ [2 Cor 9:15]
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God All glory in the highest, O come, let us adore Him