Christmas Reflection #1: God’s Dilemma

For a long time in church history, heretics challenged the divinity of Jesus Christ. His humanity was less of a problem in the earliest days of Christianity. Eyewitnesses to the incarnation – Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection – were abundant. The question of the day was around his divine identity.
 
To correct these heresies, the church carefully established the truth of Jesus’ divinity. This truth is foundational to our Christian faith. However, worthy of equal attention is the other side of the coin. Have we under-emphasized the humanity of Jesus? The Gospel of Christ could not be complete without both.
 
This Christmas, let us take time again to reflect on the problem God was trying to solve. Man incurred a debt that we turned out unable to undo. God alone is able to undo it, yet it fell squarely on man to undo what he did.
 
That was God’s dilemma… until the Godhead decided the answer lay in the unthinkable: “What if God became man? Then, God could do as human what humans could not do, and yet do it on behalf of humans as God.”
 
Athanasius, a church father, described it this way, “God became one with man, that man may become one with God.”
 
Don’t get me wrong; we surely make our boast in the divinity of the Christ. It takes God to redeem powerfully and utterly. But that truth came to fulfilment in the very power and logic of Jesus’ humanity. It could only have taken the God who truly became man.
 
As we observe this season, may the power of Jesus’ humanity fill our hearts. As you share the Good News of Christmas, you may even find that the world – the hurting, the wounded, the forgotten, the weak, the weary – may connect with your message of the Christ who became human, as one of us.
  For the One who makes holy and those who are made holy all have one Father; so, Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service before God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. (Heb. 2:11,17)
Donald Nwankwo
Rector
The Light of Christ Anglican Church
Denver, Colorado