Friday, 21 December 2012
BY HIS SON
G. K. Chesterton said, ‘‘The incredible thing about miracles is that they happen!’’ The incredible thing about the incarnation is that it happened! God became a man and walked among us! This fact, along with its corollary of Christ’s resurrection, together form the basis of the Christian life view i.e. the person and work of Jesus Christ. If either miracle is not true and did not happen, Christianity is reduced to an interesting philosophy.
The world, the flesh and the Devil are at war with the truth of the incarnation. Their success hinges on its failure and their defeat hinges on its triumph. Christians who trivialize the miraculous have not helped our cause. In our age of spiritual mediocrity, finding a parking place close to the shops is praised as a miracle akin to crossing the Red Sea. Praying that God will cure Aunt Rosie’s cold is as serious as raising Lazarus from the dead. Without realizing it, we have made the wallpaper in the house more important than the foundation under the house. The writer of Hebrews begins the most copious argument for Christianity ever written by saying, ‘‘God . . . hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son.’’ The incarnation thus becomes the cornerstone of all we hold dear in faith. Jurgen Moltmann, a German theologian, once said that "The Bible is a book of God's promises. At the centre is the incarnate promise of God in Christ."
Humanly, we can explain a mother, a baby and a humble birth. Only by faith can we explain a virgin conception of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus asked Peter who he believed he was, Peter responded, ‘‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’’ Jesus blessed Peter and said, ‘‘Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.’’ Some things can only be explained by believing what God has revealed to mankind. To refuse this source of information is to remain willingly in the dark. John wrote, ‘‘In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.’’
The implications of the truth of Christ’s incarnation are myriad. If it is true, there is a God in heaven who transcends any earthly limitation. Like the sun, you may not be able to look at Him, as Chesterton says, but without Him you cannot look at anything else. If He exists, heaven and hell exist and if so, perhaps we will live in one eternally. Ravi Zacharias says, ‘‘Life nudges us in our consciences, with its still small voice, that justice must be done, if not in this world, then in the world to come. Hence, the question rages in our hearts, whether death ends that possibility for justice or guarantees it.’’ The incarnation is that megaphone in the world’s ear.
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