Upon the Feast of the Incarnation of the Word, it is important to reflect upon the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He represents.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
His birth on Earth was not His actual beginning, as the Lord Jesus Christ is without beginning. He has existed forever, for all times. From the very beginning the Incarnation was planned. This is the reason we recite in the Nicene Creed, “Begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God.”
Cleary we understand that He was born a man, “for He became flesh.” He was like the earthly human but without sin dwelling among us. He was born both as God and Man never denying His Divinity.
The two are united without confusion between them. God has entered into earthly history as a man.
Thus with understanding we recite, “Begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us, men, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary, and became man” in the Nicene Creed.
Marty Justin (c.160), a tireless evangelist and apologist who, prior to his time, wrote more than any other concerning Christianity, proclaimed, “The Word Himself, who took shape and became Man was called Jesus Christ.”
The truths expounded in the Nicene Creed help us to understand how the Word became Man and how the miracle of His birth or His incarnation came to be. Further, the Church Creed explains what happened to establish the truth. With the establishing and understanding of the truth, comes the opening of the age to come, the Kingdom of Heaven to us all.
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