Augustine was amazed at the two generations of Jesus Christ, how scripture reveals Christ as the eternal Son always in the state of being generated from the Father. He is the radiance of the Father’s Glory. He also was amazed at the miracle of the virgin birth. I wanted to give you an excerpt from one of Augustine’s Christmas sermons. I also included some of my thoughts and some scripture. Enjoy. You and your family have a blessed Christmas.
“Open my lips, O Lord, so that my voice may break out in praise!” So the Psalmist has sung (VUL 50:17; NRSV 51:15). He was saluting his Lord with a chain of seemingly incompatible attributes. And so too I sing this morning.
Augustine is overwhelmed with joy reflecting on the birth of Christ. His message seems to be delivered as a “song”.
Almighty God the Father I want to praise but, to my amazement, He’s the Infant Christ.
I Timothy 3:16 NKJ
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
Augustine is astounded at the beauty and mystery of the incarnation. God Himself as an infant in a manger.
The Lord has made all things, and yet He takes His stand among the very things He’s made.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
The creator God – Jesus Christ – enters into the very creation He has made. He became part of creation when he became a man.
He’s the Revealer of His Father, and at the same time He’s the Creator of His mother.
John 1:3, 18
3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[a] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Augustine explores the mystery of Jesus Christ, He is the radiance of the Father’s Glory and created His mother before He was conceived in her womb.
He’s the Son of God born of the Father without a mother; and He’s the son of man born of a mother without a father.
2 “ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
The two generations of Christ, begotten of the Father as the eternal Son yet born as a human from a virgin mother. What an incredible God!!!
He’s the Day as the Angels count time; He’s the Clock as human beings tick off the day.
He inhabits eternity with the angels, outside of time and space. In time he is the sovereign ruler directing every detail of history.
He’s the Word of God before there were timepieces; He’s the Word made flesh who stopped the clock when He was made flesh.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the Father’s Word, idea or expression of Himself. When He became a man all history was permanently impacted.
He made the sun with His own hands, and yet He Himself was made under the light and heat of the sun.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
He formed the stars of the universe including our star, the sun yet as a man he lived under the light and heat of the sun.
He regulates human history from the bosom of His Father; and yet He consecrates this one particular day from the womb of His mother.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Jesus retained His sovereignty ruling in heaven even as he lived amongst us as a man. His supernatural birth made that day supernatural.
He remains with His Father, and yet He goes forth from His mother.
13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
The mystery of the omnipresence and the humanity of Christ. Great is the mystery of godliness.
He’s the Creator of the heavens and the earth; and yet He takes His own rise under the heavens, that’s to say from the earth.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Jesus, the truth, springs from the earth like Adam. The amazing diverse excellencies of Christ seen in His deity and His humanity.
As God He has more Wisdom than He can mouth, and yet as a babe he hasn’t enough mouth to utter the Wisdom He knows.
As God He is all knowing unlimited in His knowledge, as an infant unable to vocalize His eternal wisdom.
He fills the world with jots and tittles, and yet He Himself lies a tot in a manger.
He has created a masterful world full of intricate detail, yet he lies helpless and dependent as an infant in the manger.
He sets the stars in motion, and yet he sucks His mother’s breasts.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Augustine continues to explore the amazing contrast of deity and humanity. He reveals Himself in His wisdom and power in creation and His incredible humility as a man.
He’s so great as a god, yet so small as a slave.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
God’s greatness and Christ’s humility. He is truly the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.
His divinity isn’t underwhelmed by His humanity, nor is His humanity overwhelmed by His divinity.
He is not threatened or decreased by His humanity. His humanity has not depleted His deity, only magnified His glory in our eyes.
He didn’t abandon His divine agenda when He picked up His carpenter’s tools.
11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
His plan of the ages has never altered. God is never responding to circumstances. All things are ordered and developing according to His plan.
He didn’t stop holding His universe together with His mighty arms while He was trying to catch flies with His baby fingers.
6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Augustine continues to be amazed at the irony of the power of God and the weakness displayed in the infant Christ.
He put on the clumsiness of the flesh when he entered the Virgin’s womb, and yet His movement throughout the universe wasn’t hampered by the baggy pants. He didn’t take away the food of Wisdom from the Angels while He was supplying us with the sweetness of the Lord.
“ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
The bread of heaven, Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem – the house of Bread. The Lord has displayed His beauty in the miracle birth of Christ. He came to make this heavenly bread available for us all.