Friday, 17 December 2010

The Glorious paradoxes of the Incarnation

Justin Taylor quotes Spurgeon and Storms on the Glorious Paradoxes of God Incarnate:

Charles Spurgeon preached in 1858 on the wonderful paradoxes of the incarnation:
Infinite, and an infant—
eternal, and yet born of a woman—
Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast—
supporting the universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms—
king of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph—
heir of all things and yet the carpenter’s despised son.
Sam Storms also reflects on the paradoxes:
The Word became flesh!
God became human!
the invisible became visible!
the untouchable became touchable!
eternal life experienced temporal death!
the transcendent one descended and drew near!
the unlimited became limited!
the infinite became finite!
the immutable became mutable!
the unbreakable became fragile!
spirit became matter!
eternity entered time!
the independent became dependent!
the almighty became weak!
the loved became the hated!
the exalted was humbled!
glory was subjected to shame!
fame turned into obscurity!
from inexpressible joy to tears of unimaginable grief!
from a throne to a cross!
from ruler to being ruled!
from power to weakness!

Liam Garvie quotes Jonathan Edwards on the Glories of the Incarnation:

“How astonishing is it that a person:

  • who is blessed forever and is infinitely and essentially happy should endure the greatest sufferings that ever were endured on earth!
  • who is the supreme Lord and Judge of the world should be arraigned and should stand at the judgment seat of mortal worms and then be condemned.
  • who is the living God and the fountain of life should be put to death.
  • who created the world and gives life to all his creatures should be put to death by his own creatures.
  • of infinite majesty and glory, and so the object of the love, praises and adoration of angels, should be mocked and spit upon by the vilest of men.
  • infinitely good and who is love itself should suffer the greatest cruelty.
  • who is infinitely beloved of the Father should be put to inexpressible anguish under his own Father’s wrath.
  • who is the King of heaven, who has heaven for his throne and earth for his footstool, should be buried in the prison of the grave.
How wonderful is this! And yet this is the way that God’s wisdom has fixed upon as the way of sinners’ salvation, as neither unsuitable nor dishonourable to Christ.”

Jonathan Edwards, “The Wisdom of God Displayed in the Way of Salvation,” in Works (Edinburgh, 1979), II:144

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