Tuesday, 03 July 2012
The Incarnation is the Son's demonstration and display of the perfection of the Father in familiar flesh. God knows where we live, and gave us the Gospel to lead us to the Way, the Truth and the Life. Christ's life not only guides us to the way, but made possible for us, through faith in Him, to walk in that way. His grace gives light and life. He is the Demonstration of a faithful life lived toward God in a contrary world of men.
Augustine says, in a quote by Calvin, "The thing to be known is, whither we are to go, and by what way;" and immediately after infers, that "the surest way to avoid all errors is to know him who is both God and man. It is to God we tend, and it is by man we go, and both of these are found only in Christ" (Augustine, "The City of God", Book 11, Chapter 2).
But our blessings are not only for ourselves, otherwise we would be as the lepers in the Old Testament story, who, in finding both deliverance and gold, said "We do not well."
We are saved, not only to be blessed - but to be busy. "As Christ is, so are we in this world" - we too are to be demonstrations of Christ's excellence to our neighbors. We are to let our light so shine that those who are coming into the house can see our light and glorify the One who gives it.
What does the Incarnation mean to you? How can you demonstrate in your life what the Incarnation means?