A new beginning gives us an opportunity to start afresh without prejudice or baggage. The old life and relationships have passed and are no more. From death and ashes, we are reborn, like the legendary Phoenix, to live life anew, to start on a clean sheet.
Slightly more than two thousand years ago, humanity was given a new beginning. Humanity was born from above. God become a human being.
In God becoming human in the person of Christ Jesus, an entirely new relationship between God and man came into being. The old relationship between God and man was replaced totally.
At the birth of Jesus, the angel’s proclamation to the shepherds was: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.…..” Then, multitudes of the heavenly hosts praised God saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace in human beings of goodwill.”
In a new beginning for the great I AM, GOD, a Saviour, Christ the Lord was born.
To understand and appreciate the significance and impact of this new beginning, we have to start at the very beginning of creation.
Creation came into being through an act and will of God. Before creation, there was only God, Father, Son and Spirit. In speaking creation into being, God became a Creator.
With creation, came a separation, in essence and being, between Creator and created things. Creation could only relate to God as Creator. At best, humans could only address and know God as Creator father. In relationship to humanity, God is only Creator father and God Himself only experiences us as Creator father.
Until God became flesh, the relationship between God and man was distinct only, separate, several, in essence and being - that of Creator and creature.
Now, in the new beginning, in God becoming human, a human body became God’s abode, God’s indwelling place for eternity. In the Person of Jesus Christ, the Divine and human natures are united and joined in such a fashion that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
In becoming human, in the person of Christ Jesus, God joined as one His Triune Divinity to our humanity.
The Two, God and man, are now One in human flesh, in the man Christ Jesus.
In the man Christ Jesus, an entirely new joint and several relationship between God and man has come into being, where none existed before.
In becoming (Greek-‘genomenon) out (Greek-‘ek’) of woman, God became a human from the human DNA input of Mary. Mary was no surrogate mother of the man Christ Jesus. Mary was the natural human mother of Jesus, the man, flesh of her flesh, bone of her bone.
The writer to the Hebrews writes: ”For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all out of (Greek-ek) one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren………For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same…….For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.(Hebrews 2:11,14,16 ):
This new beginning was something new even for God, for in eternity, God was never a human being to begin with.
Before creation, God was eternally self-sufficient in Himself. The Triune God, Father, Son and Spirit were eternally sufficient in Themselves. Son becoming human takes nothing away from Their Eternal Self-Sufficiency, from Who and What They are. Rather, Son becoming human adds something to Their Eternal Self-Sufficiency, to Who and What they are.
Adding, joining and grafting something of His creation into His Triune Divinity was an act of choice and love. Father, Son and Spirit in Triune Being chose and agreed as One for this to occur.
Father sent, Son came, Spirit made happen. God, in love with humanity, changed His Nature and Being to enable whosoever will to become one with and into Him, in His Triune Oneness.
Even as the Person-event was new for God, it was also new for humanity.
This is our new beginning with and in God, having been born from above, in the person of Christ Jesus.
With, through and into this man Christ Jesus, our Savior, we, as humans, are saved from our futility and corruptibility as mere created creatures. We no longer fall short of the Glory of God. In, through and with this man Christ Jesus, you and I are now joined, grounded and empowered to participate in the very Life and Being of God.
Jointly one with him in his humanity, we are also joined in His One Person into His divinity. Now, we are authentically enabled to become partakers of the divine nature. We can know and experience God in the inner relations of God’s Triune Being, to experience the Triune I AM as I AM. In Christ Jesus, we are enabled to be one with God.
Enjoy Christ Jesus, this New Year!
Have a blessed 2016 !!!