Is. 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
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, and I have 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!” (Ps.51:15). So the Psalmist has sung. He was saluting his Lord with a chain of seemingly incompatible attributes. And so, too, I sing this morning.
Augustine was overwhelmed with joy as he reflected 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:
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. (I Timothy 3:16 NKJ)
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. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
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.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:3, 18)
Augustine explores the mystery of Jesus Christ: He is the radiance of the Father’s Glory but 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.
“ 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.” (Micah 5:2)
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Is. 7:14)
The two generations of Christ, begotten of the Father as the eternal Son yet born as a human from a virgin mother. And now, the greatest of all miracles, He is actually born in our hearts. Just as the Ethiopian asked Phillip, so many years ago, “Who shall declare His generation?” Today, we discover this Christmas miracle. Christ is born in our hearts! What an incredible God!!!