Counting the Waves

A recent email conversation ignited within me a renewed interest in the Incarnation. Over the years, the elements of the Incarnation, much like the Image of God, have shaped large portions of my theological landscape.

Yesterday, I finished St Athanasius’, On the Incarnation. One line toward the end just about took my breath away:

In short, such and so many are the Savior’s achievements that follow from His Incarnation, that to try to number them is like gazing at the open sea and trying to count the waves.

That’s exactly what I’ve thought about the Incarnation. The Reality of the Incarnation is like a massive sea, mysterious and frightening, yet captivating and alluring. God takes on our humanity so that we might become god. Can you feel the splash of the mighty waves upon your face?

The repercussions of the Incarnation are like seismic vibrations rumbling through the bedrock of our very human nature as well as through all of creation. Creator God has become a human being and entered into the very time and space that he created in order to reclaim, reconcile and renew every bit of it back to himself. Can you feel the resonating tremors throb through your being?

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2 thoughts on “Counting the Waves

  1. “Creator God has become a human being..”
    He sent His only-begotten Son: who emptied Himself of his divinity [εκενωσεν, kenosis ] .. and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death.
    But still, being found in fashion as a man, He healed the sick, raised the dead, calmed the wind and sea, cast out unclean spirits, forgave sins (“Who can forgive sins but God alone?”), fed multitudes, His healing virtue went out though the touch of His garments; after He rebuked the wind and said to the sea: “Peace, be still,” His disciples became terrified of Him and said, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
    He constantly chided the religious leaders, saying at one point, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites (play actors): ‘This people honors Me with with their lips, but their heart is far from Me, and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
    “For laying aside the commandments of God you hold the tradition of men –”
    R. D. Mandel

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