~By Pastor Mike Middaugh
“A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
–Ronald Knox, British Theologian, on “Babies”
Some have argued that the greatest miracle in Christianity is not the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but the incarnation. Imagine, the infinite, omnipotent, supreme creator of the universe becomes a small, helpless, needy child. God disposing of power and taking on flesh – somehow fully divine, and yet also fully human.
J.I. Packer puts it like this:
God became man; the divine Son became a Jew;
the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless
human baby, unable to do more than lie and
state and wriggle and make noises, needing to
be fed and changed and taught to talk like any
other child…. The babyhood of the Son of
God was a reality. The more you think about it,
the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is
so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.
Some people say they cannot believe in miracles. The thought of Jesus calming a storm, turning water into wine, or raising people from the dead is, to them, preposterous. Many also find the atonement – the claim that through his death upon the cross Jesus forgave the sins of billions of people –inane.
And true, if the angels never appeared, if the shepherds never visited, if Gabriel never calmed Mary’s fears and the Magnificat was never sung, then the rest of the gospel is probably not to be trusted.
But, if there is a God, and if he has been born as a child, why would you find it incredible that he would do miracles, pay for the sins of the world, or even rise from the dead?
He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together….
For in Him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
making peace by the blood of his cross.