THE INCARNATION

(Romans 8 18 -25) “ For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope:
Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that every creature groaneth and travaileth in pain even till now.

And not only it, but ourselves also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting for the adoption of the sons of God, the redemption of our body.
For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?
But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it with patience.”

(1 John 3: 7 -12) “Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of God and knoweth. God
He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
By this has the charity of God appeared towards us, because God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.
In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins
My dearest, if God hath so loved us; we also ought to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abideth in us, and his Charity is perfected in us.”

If the essence of God, our Creator, is the divine love we call “charity”, then it follows that the Creator is an act of self-giving.

All love is a type of communication of myself to another. Thus, every act of the Creator is fundamentally a communication of Himself. In creation He communicates His Being to the creature.

The mysterY of the Trinity is understood by the Church as an outcome of these facts. The Father, as Jesus told us ( John 5: 19 -21;6:54; etc.), is the Eternal Being who has existence within himself. Since His essence is to love , The Creator must communicate Himelf it is the essence of His existence. However communication requires not only a communicator, but also someone who can receive that communication and return it. Otherwise the act of communication is incomplete and is simply noise.

When God created Adam ( Genesis 2), he created him in the image of the Creator thus Adam could not be alone — to exist he had to have someone with whom he could communicate. The other creatures of this 3 dimensional construct within which all this takes place, are incapable of completing this act of self-giving which is the very essence of the image of God within man. The Bible clearly explains the fact that this is why God created woman — to form with the man this complete creature who can communicate and receive that communication.

The same is true of The Creator. Since He is essentially a communication of Himelf (which we call “Charity”), there has to be a Being capable of receiving the Act of Love which is the Father. The Church holds that this Receiver (since the Creator is unique) is His own image to whom The Father (who has Being within himself) communicates His entire nature thus “begetting” His Duplicate (who has the fullness of the Divinity) which we call “The Son”. Since the Son is the perfect image of the Invisible God, his existence, too depends on his total self-giving to the Father. Since that exchange of self is essentially what God is — this results in the third Person of the Blessed Trinity– the Holy Spirit who essentially is the communication of Divinity itself which is eternal and infinite.. Three Divine persons, One God.

Thus, the Trinity is perfect and a complete dynamo of Divine Love.

However, when something was created “outside” of the Trinity, as is recounted in Genesis. The creature (this Univers) exists as an act of Divine Love. But what created thing can return completely the Love of the Father?

No creature could possibly be able to complete the communication because there is no creature ( even the highest angel) that is infinite. Only the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit are capable of receiving and giving this infinite Love

Therefore, in order for Creation to take place, the Creator had to have a creature that has the Diving ability to receive and give in the infinite love that is God.

Thus, the Incarnation is the essential feature of this entire construct we call the Cosmos and of ourselves. Without Jesus, the Christ, we could not exist. Nothing would exist.

Paul (Colossian 1:14 -20) says: “ In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins; who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creatur. For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible; who is the image of the Invisible God,the first born of every creature. For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether Thrones or Dominations, Principalities or Powers; all things were created in him and by him. He is before all, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the Church, who is the beginning ,the first-born from the dead; that in him all things he may hold the primacy. Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell.”

I think it is easy to see, therefore, that when Jesus allowed himself to be killed on Golgotha ( “ I go because the World must know that I Love the Father and do his Will “ John 14: 31), what was taking place was the completion of this Creation. This Act of LOve was the reason and purpose of Creation.

So, Our Saviour not only gave himself to save us and to give the Glory to the Father that all creatures have not given Him and thus Atoning for our sins, but he justified existence itself.

The events at Golgotha that we commemorate during the Easter season are the key events of the Universe itself that completed Creation and thus inaugurating a new creation dedicted entirely, through Jesus Christ, to the Glory of God.

Could any event be greater than the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus?
A.M.D.G.

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