God Among Us: Two Mysteries for the Price of One

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By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.

1Timothy 3:16

Here are two mysteries for the price of one — the plurality of persons within the unity of God, and the union of Godhead and manhood in the person of Jesus. . . . Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.
~J. L. Packer from Knowing God

The Christ is not just a reflection of the Father God onto earth, no mere shadow projected from God’s image in heaven.  No, our Savior is real flesh and blood, sinew and tissue, neurons and synapses, exactly as we are.
A fantastic truth and endless mystery to ponder: Jesus as mortal flesh gifts Himself to us so that we may know the Three in One; the powers of hell vanish as the shadows are cleared away.
~EPG

(it is worth waiting through the first minute of silence as the choir enters in darkness bearing candles, a lovely arrangement)

 

1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood,
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the shadows clear away

4 At his feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, Lord most high!”
~from the Liturgy of St. James, 4th century

 

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2 thoughts on “God Among Us: Two Mysteries for the Price of One

  1. My husband, a Presbyterian pastor, begins a two month Sabbatical tomorrow. We are so thankful for the time during Advent to rest and reflect in the mystery of Christ coming to earth as a baby and anticipate His second Advent. Thank you for your postings as they are one of the ways we will immerse ourselves in story of our Lord.

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  2. For me, Beautiful Woman, it is your brief Spirit-filled reflection that has pierced my soul this day:
    ‘”…the powers of hell vanish as the shadows are cleared away….’
    Therein is what the Incarnation that we memorialize each year is all about. Shadows, doubts, fears gone; hope, joy, ‘second chances’ – all freely given to us in love, understanding and compassion. Forever!

    If ever there were a time that we needed to hear and to believe in these words, it is Now, as we witness our world plunging into darkness, savagery, and depravity.

    Thank you, Emily.

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