Just to add a little more to my advocation of Incarnation,

 

Here are some verses (not in our hymnal to be sure) from the favorite hymn “Hark The Herald Angel’s Sing!”  Charles Wesley makes a case for the incarnation.  Our sentimentalities, however, have removed the richest verses from the hymn.  Following the verses (and added Chorus) we are accustomed to, we would sing:

 

Come,  Desire of Nations, come,

Fix in us Thy humble home;

Rise, the woman’s conquering seed.

Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

 

Now display thy saving power,

Ruin’d nature now restore;

Now in mystic union join

Thine to ours and ours to Thine.

 

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;

Stamp Thy image in its place;

Second Adam from above,

Reinstate us in Thy love.

 

Let us Thee, though lost, regain,

Then the Life, the inner Man;

O! to all Thyself impart,

Form’d in each believing heart.

Let us Thee, though lost, regain,

Then the Life, the inner Man;

O! to all Thyself impart,

Form’d in each believing heart.

 

Hark! The herald angels sing,

Glory to the new-born King.

 

Joan Chittister describes Advent as “the season that teaches us to wait for what is beyond the obvious.” Beyond the obvious is God entering the world as flesh, blood and bone. The response is jubilation. Thus, the pivot of history is proclaimed: “I am bringing you good news of great joy.”  The pivot is the Incarnation.

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