Speaking of Emmanuel

December 3, 2010 — Leave a comment

We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, He organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—He is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is He, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in Him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of His death, His blood that poured down from the cross.

Colossians 1:15-20, The Message

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Maker of the sun, He himself is made under the sun. Disposing all Ages in the bosom of the Father, He consecrates this unique day in the womb of His mother: in Him He abides, from her He goes forth. Creator of heaven and earth, He was born on earth under heaven. Wisdom too deep for utterance, wise now a baby asleep; filling all the world, He lies in His crib; ruler of the stars, He suckles His mother’s breast.

Great in His divine nature, He is become small to be our servant; yet His greatness is not belittled by this smallness, nor is His smallness overshadowed by His greatness. For when He took these tiny limbs, He did not set aside His divine workings. And when, clothed in feeble flesh, He entered the Virgin’s womb, He was not a prisoner.

Augustine of Hippo

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