Post Advent 3: Celebrate the Mystery

Read: Colossians 1:15-22; 2:9-15

 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” (21-22)

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…” (2:9)

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The nature of Jesus has been one of the most debated topics in the history of mankind since the calendar turned from B.C. to A.D. Who was Jesus? Was he a man? Was He God? If so, how much of each? Were there two personalities or just one?

What a mystery the incarnation is. And it is a mystery that will never be fully explained this side of heaven. Even Bible scholars and theologians have trouble explaining it. Through the years of the Church, many have tried to explain the nature of Jesus Christ out of honesty and good intent but instead have developed theologies that make Him one or the other, God or man, but not both.

Scripture tells us that God dwelled fully in the person of Jesus. He was called the Father’s “Son” in the Gospels and said to be the “exact representation” of the Father (Heb. 1:1-2). But He was also born of the womb of Mary, a human, and had every appearance of humanity — down to His need for food and sleep. And when He was resurrected, He showed up in the flesh before His disciples. He ate and interacted with them. And He ascended to heaven in the human body He possessed.

So Scripture makes the case that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. He was BOTH and not OR.  It is the mystery of Christmas, Easter and every day in between. We’re not asked to explain the person of Jesus, only to believe in Him and follow Him. Can you set aside your desire to explain everything and live a life of faith? Can you celebrate the mystery alongside the revelation? I’ll leave you with the words to my song, “Mystery,” which tries to celebrate this dual nature of Christ.

Be God’s.

 

MYSTERY

We had wandered from the Garden, like an arrow flown astray
Sin divided, hell had conquered, each had followed his own way
But in our moaning, in our suff’ring, there was One who saw our pain
His holy angels cried out “Glory!” A Savior has been born this day

Oh, the mystery of incarnate deity!
The Son of God could be, become like you and me?
He left His heavenly throne, to make our earth His home
Oh, the mystery! Of Christ the newborn King

Though He dwelt in holy glory, the Son of God, He left His place
Humbly to come as a little baby, so we could see His Father’s face
He who was sinless, learned obedience, and was tempted in every way
Suffering shame, despised, rejected, the Son of Man, He overcame

So come ye wanton, come ye thirsty, come to the well and drink of this:
That God immortal, is a God of mercy, who cares to care for our lowliness