AUGUSTINE’S TWO GENERATIONS
This is the last installment of the Christmas message of Augustine from the 400’s A.D. The message of Christ’s birth and eternal existence is timeless. May this be your best Christmas ever as Christ is formed in you. Enjoy the message and my comments throughout his teaching.
• 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.
Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven. (Ps. 85:11)
Jesus, the truth, springs from the earth like Adam. The amazing diverse excellencies of Christ are 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 and 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.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light,that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Gen. 1:3-5)
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.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 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. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. (Phil.2:5-9
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, but only magnified His glory in our eyes.
• He didn’t abandon His divine agenda when He picked up His carpenter’s tools.
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. (Eph 1:11)
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.
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. 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. (Isaiah 9:6,7)
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.”(Micah 5:2)
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. Today, we can all come to the Christmas feast and delight ourselves in the abundance of our Father’s house. Merry Christmas to you and your house!