the Coming of the Lord!
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"For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man."
In the space of five lines, the
Nicene Creed covers the birth of Jesus. The amount of text used does not
equate to the importance of that wondrous event. During the next month, in
this season we call Advent, the Church will help us to prepare for the
celebration of Christ's birth. These four weeks are much more indicative of
the importance of Christmas than the five lines of the Creed... provided we
actually use them to prepare.
Jesus Christ... Come On
The Church year for the Western
churches begins with Advent. During this time we are instructed to prepare
ourselves so that we are worthy to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's
coming into the world as God made man. In this way we are expected to make
our souls fit for Christ as he comes to us in Holy Communion and through
grace. And in so doing we will hopefully make ourselves ready for His final
But let me ask you this: have you
ever wondered why God would even bother to become man?
The answer, of course, is in our
profession of faith. God became man in order to bring us salvation. It was
the only way for us to be reconciled with the Father. Because Jesus is both
the son of God and the son of man, his very existence is a reconciliation of
God and man.
Who better to mediate between two
parties than someone who is affiliated with both? In the person of Jesus, we
have such a dual affiliation. Jesus has both a human nature and a divine
nature. His divinity was not absorbed by his humanity... the two natures are
perfectly balanced in Jesus.
Mother of God
Mary was chosen from the moment of
her conception to be the mother of Jesus. She was shielded from the stain of
original sin. And throughout her life, she was protected from personal sin.
She stayed pure, remaining a virgin, through conception of her Son,
pregnancy, birth, nursing... ever a virgin. Ever pure.
And Mary truly is the "Mother of
God". Though it was Jesus to whom she gave birth, he is one with the Father
and the Holy Spirit. A triune God. One God with three natures... but one God
nonetheless. So, when we speak of Mary as the Mother of God, it really does
Jesus is one with the Father and one
with the Holy Spirit. Mary gave birth to him, so she is the mother of Jesus.
Yet because of Jesus' nature, it is even more appropriate for Mary to be
called the Mother of God.
Who's the Man?
Mankind was drifting. We were
getting further and further away from God. So God, through the Holy Spirit,
sent us his Son -- the ultimate mediator between God and man. And to this
day, the only way to reconcile ourselves with the Father is through Jesus.
"I am the way, and the truth, and
the life; no one comes to the Father but by me."
What do you do in order to prepare
yourself during Advent?
Do you think you are a good person?
Is being a "good person" enough to guarantee your salvation?
What do you think Mary was actually
How would a person act who is truly
without sin? Would you know that person if you met her or him?
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