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 Unto Us is Born a Savior

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto
the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son,
whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who
being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and
upholding all things by the word of His power, when He has by Himself purged
our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:1-3)

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. The same was in
the beginning with God. All things were
made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.... The Word was made 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. (St. John 1:1-3, 14)

 

 Look where we will in Holy Scripture and Tradition, and we will only find that our Savior is God come in the flesh. Throughout the history of the Church, her enemy, the devil, has tried to attack either that our Savior was God or that He was a man.

 Attacks on the humanity of Christ take several forms of saying that His human nature was somehow buried within the all-powerful Divine nature and was not fully functional. What sense, then, does it make for Him to say “Not my will, but Thine be done?”

 Attacks on His divinity take forms of saying that His God-hood is somehow a poetic expression of His leading the way for us to God, or saying that He was somehow a creature like the angels. Such mental shilly-shallying ignores the Lord’s own words about Himself recorded in the Gospel.

 Since the available record will not support such falsehood, the devil’s next focus of attack is the record. Thus, we have within recent times audacious attempts to deny our Lord’s very existence, masquerading as “Quests for the Historical Jesus” which are quests for anything but history or Jesus.

 It remains our duty as His people to keep both of the startling realities about the Author of our salvation clear in our own minds and clear in our message about Him to the world. Thank God that Holy Tradition remains to help keep our integrity as Christians, down to even the smallest particular; for example, we declare His being when we sign ourselves with the sign of His instrument of salvation, the precious and life-giving Cross, proclaiming with our very hand that He is one of the Holy Trinity and is possessed of both divine and human natures. And, as the passages above show, as some like to have it said, it’s right there in the
Bible.

In Christ, Father George

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