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Wednesday, December 21 2011

Christmas: The Grand Miracle...


I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to focus on the true meaning of Christmas in our crazy, commercialized, fast-paced world, where Xmas has largely replaced Christmas. And yet, it is a distinctly "Christian" celebration, that can only be fathomable by those who have the knowledge and mind of Christ. My daughter recently showed me a remarkable reading from a collection of sermons and essays of C. S. Lewis, from his work, God in the Dock, and particularly from his essay, "The Grand Miracle." This chapter is also found in his apologetic work, Miracles. The following excerpt from that chapter wonderfully captures the spirit of Christmas, and in particular, the Incarnation. Lewis likens Christ to a pearl-diver, in a passage so powerful it borders on allegory. As Lewis would say elsewhere about Christmas, "The Son of God became a man, to enable men to become sons of God."

 

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Merry  Christmas,

Barry

 

From "The Grand Miracle," by C. S. Lewis

 

In the Christian story God descends to re-ascend,

He comes down

down from the heights of Absolute Being

into time and space

down into humanity

down further still

to the very roots and seabed

of the nature He has created.

But He goes down

to come up again and bring

the whole ruined world up with Him.

He is like a diver,

first reducing Himself to nakedness

then glancing in mid-air,

then gone with a splash vanished,

rushing down through green and warm water

into black and cold water,

down through increasing pressure

into the death-like region of ooze and slime and old decay,

then up again, back to colour and light,

His lungs almost bursting, till suddenly

He breaks surface again,

holding in His hand 

the dripping, precious thing

that He went down to recover. 

He and it are both coloured now

that they have come up into the light:

down below where it lay colorless in the dark,

He lost his color too." 

 


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