I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth…
and in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
From there He judges the living and the dead.
I believe in Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen!
Today we look at the incarnation of Christ our Lord. Mankind is fallen. This is undeniable. So, how could Christ being man be what man needs to overcome sin? Well, thats where the Holy Spirit comes into play. From the dawn of time the Trinity had planned this moment when they would enact their plan to bring mankind back to communion with them. God the Father had set creation into motion, through the Word of God the Son. God the Spirit had hovered over the deep, and then guided God’s people to that present time. Now the Spirit would use power to bring life where it seemed biologically impossible. His action would fulfill prophesies that He had led men to foresee. His action would set in motion the works of salvation. True salvation. Not the foretaste that we had seen for centuries… no, true salvation had come in the flesh.
And this Person would not have the same inclination towards sin as the rest of mankind does. No. He would still battle with sin in nature. Sin in human nature, surrounding Him at every side. But sin nature would not intertwine in His being as it has in ours. He would stand above it. His words would be kind. His actions Kingdom building. His thoughts always pointed towards His Father. His conception was perfect, as He was perfect.
His birth, from the womb of Mary also planted Him in Scripture. Prophesies had spoken on a virgin birth. Of the Son of Man, and how His birth would usher in a new age. Mary was chosen, not because of something she did to deserve it, but rather due to God’s Will. He knew her to be a faithful Jew. One that truly trusted the Lord to be in control, even when things seemed off. She would magnify the Lord, even in knowing that her life as she knew it was over. She, while not pure in holiness, was pure in faithfulness before the Lord. She would fall into temptation through her life – but she knew whose she was, and where she was headed. Her trust was in the hope of salvation that she had read about in Scriptures… and had held in her arms. Emmanuel. God with us. And she had cradled Him as an infant. She had helped to raise Him, and teach Him. Repeating that we believe in the birth of Christ, from a virgin, implants Him in a family – and creates a backstory for Him that shows he lived as we did, yet remained sinless.
Christ… fully God, and yet fully man… His incarnation rang the victory bell for life over death. And we proclaim it as truth. Amen?