The Loving Incarnation of Christ the King
As we get closer to Christmas, please relax and allow me to share how Christ becoming Flesh is a loving mercy from the Holy Trinity. From the Gospel of John, the Beloved Evangelist John 1:1-4, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men”. Jesus was present at the creation of the World. God the Father wanted to share his love for his Son, Jesus. That awesome love, which my own human reasoning cannot comprehend. The Holy Spirit was present in that shared love and created the world. Because God loved his creation so much, he told the devil that his head will be crushed, and he will be defeated (Genesis 2:15). We Christians believe that promise was fulfilled when Mary Said “Yes” to God and Jesus was born into the world.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 457 (CCC 457) “The word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who “Loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins”. “The Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the World” and “he was revealed to take away sins”. John, the Beloved Evangelist gives in detail in his gospel writing, how much God loves us. God wants to bring that Mercy towards us. Not by the blood of goats and sheep from the sin offerings of Jewish traditions, but from the Blood of his own Son, Jesus where we are to be reunited in that everlasting covenant of love. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” When our parents sinned, that special connection was broken. In order to be reconnected with God, he knew we couldn’t do it on our own and needed divine help. Jesus Christ was the only One who could bring that connection back and open the gates of heaven for us to be with God. St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria c.297-373 wrote in his book On the Incarnation pg. 69 “For neither did he make creation itself be silent, but what is most wonderful, even at his death, I mean the cross, all creation confessed that he who was made known and suffered in body was not simply a human being, but the Son of God and Savior of all.” What more of an act of love can you ask for, that God, was willing to come down from his Throne, take human flesh and then offer himself as a prefect sacrifice for the redemption of the world!
2 Cor 5:14-15 “And again, “We see Jesus who, for a little while, was made lower then an angel, crowned with glory and honor because of the passion of death, that by the grace of God he might taste death on behalf of all”. God himself took a form of a slave. He took this body that was weak. He took this body, with our limited human reasoning. Jesus took this body because he loves us. He wanted to have that connection. Not as a “God in the Sky” but that Loving God, who is with you in all your problems and needs of life. Coming in the form of flesh, he can relate to us in all our personal needs. John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only- begotten Son from the Father.” John the Evangelist knew and understood more after the events of Pentecost, that Jesus was “Perfect Wisdom”. This Wisdom is the infinite knowledge of God, the Living Word that dwelled together with God for all time. CCC 461– “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being formed in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” God knew how he was going to save the world. He knew when he was going to save the world. God is the Master Architect, and his plan of salvation was prepared from the Old Testament all the way until now. He was preparing the world for the coming of His Son Jesus.
On the Incarnation pg. 67 “For if the sun, too made by him and seen by us, circling in heaven, is not polluted by touching bodies upon the earth, nor is destroyed by darkness, but rather itself enlightens and purifies them, by so much more the all-holy God of God, the maker of the sun and Lord, when being made known in the body was not polluted, but rather, being incorruptible, vivified and purified even the mortal body. 1 Pet 2:22 “For he committed no sin” Isaiah 53:9 “Nor was deceit found in his mouth” Jesus, who is God and is perfect. He felt everything that we feel. He experienced everything we experience but did not sin. He understands our struggles. He can relate to our needs. When you read deeper into the Gospel of John, Jesus is showing that God is merciful. From healing the sick and the lame, from delivering people from demons and raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus gave us the greatest gift of his Body and Blood. His Passover meal is what we continue to receive each and everyday in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus is God and He is also man. CCC 475– “The Sixth ecumenical council, The Church confessed that Christ possesses two wills and two natural operations, Divine and Human. Christ’s human will “Does not resist or oppose, but rather submits to his Divine and Almighty will.” Jesus Christ in the form of Man, used his Hands to create things. His touches healed the sick, his human voice commanded the devils out of people. He cried when Lazarus died. He suffered temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane, but said from Matthew 26:42 “Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done.”
Imagine that you’re in jail for a crime that you committed. We will say that you stole money from a bank and you sentence is to have your hand cut off. The judge has decided for your sentence to be carried out tomorrow. When you awake, the guard tells you that someone is willing to take your punishment for you. Shocked, you asked the guards why? They reply “Because he loves you so much, he is willing to take the Full Punishment of the State for you. You pass by and you see this tall man. You don’t know his name (Jesus). He looks at you and smiles. He gives you a blessing before he goes off to take your punishment. You know in your heart that your guilty. You know that is was a crime and you did it willingly. Yet, someone who you didn’t know, who you never seen, was willing to lose his hand for you. How many of you would go to Hell for your friend? I wouldn’t, and neither would anyone who has a true fear of the judgment of God. Jesus was willing to suffer and die a horrible death because he loves us. He was very human as you and I are, he is the Eternal Word made flesh. He came into the world on Christmas day two thousand years ago to save humanity from itself. He rescued us from the chains of satan and freed us from our captivity of sin.
Let us conclude with this prayer. Almighty and Ever merciful God, we thank you for choosing John the Beloved disciple to take care of Mary, the Mother of God. We thank you for the Holy Spirit to inspire his Gospel and to teach us about the intimacy that God wants to have in our lives. May you forgive us our sins and let us prepare spiritually and emotionally for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we treasure his birth as a new hope for the world and one day be worthy to stand before God and be welcomed as a Good and faithful servant. We ask this in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Amen.