Incarnation, part six

Isaiah 9:2-7

2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
4 For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”

Jesus is God’s justice and righteousness, God’s steadfast love, God’s very essence, wrapped in human form. In him we see that the fabric of existence is the unity of the spiritual and material, the sacred and the profane. All that is . . . is of God!

That’s the wonderful mystery of the incarnation.

Jesus comes to awaken, enliven, and redeem that which is already within us. Jesus comes to remove the bushel basket woven from our lived experiences that hides the light of Christ within. With an infant’s coo, the basket is lifted, God’s light within is rekindled, and Christ is born again, in us! God’s justice and righteousness, God’s steadfast love, God’s very essence fuels the light within us, the light which dispels all  doubt, all fear, all darkness.

Through Jesus’ birth we discover God’s light within us. That is the wonderful mystery of the incarnation. That is why we celebrate his birth each year.

We are one of the countless blessings of Christmas when the incarnate light of Christ within shines brightly all around us!

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