OUTSIDE OF SPACE AND TIME
Last year I read a Christmas message by Augustine preached at his church in northern Africa over 1500 years ago. This is the second installment of part of that message with my own comments included. Merry Christmas!
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.
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. (John 1:14)
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.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:3-5)
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.
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 1:18)
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.
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. (John 3:13)
The mystery of the omnipresence and the humanity of Christ is the mystery of godliness. This mystery is life changing—actually, it could be called life starting. Life begins for us in the reality of God’s presence. Until we come into living contact with Him we are wandering through life. When He bursts on the scene, we begin to experience harmony and unity with Him. Merry Christmas to you and your house!