Oh the mystery: Fully God; fully man; completely glorious…

We must all finally admit, there is a tremendous amount of mystery and wonder in God becoming man.  In the end, the human mind accepts the incarnation by faith, even as we ponder its mystery, its paradox.  The truth remains:

The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God…

As the Apostles’ Creed says with elegant simplicity: “… I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. … Simple as that; mysterious as that; glorious as that.

Iowa State University Physics professor emeritus John Stanford has been studying the hymns written by Ephrem the Syrian (4th century).  Ephrem used Biblical paradox with these beautiful lines to describe Jesus’ divine-human nature …

“If He wasn’t flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes?
And if He isn’t God, in whose honor did the star appear? …

“If He wasn’t flesh, whom did Joseph take when he fled into Egypt?
And if He isn’t God, who fulfilled the prophecy: Out of Egypt have I called my Son?”
Prayer:   Praise the Lord, O my soul.  All my inmost being, praise his holy name. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him…

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