Monday, December 24, 2012

God in a Manger- excerpt

God in a manger-  Advent week four, day two-

God Becomes Human~  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God becomes human, really human.

 While we endeavor to grow out of our humanity, to leave our human nature behind us, God because human, and we must recognize that God wants us also to become human- really human. 

Whereas we distinguish between the godly and the godless, the good and the evil, the noble and the common, God loves real human beings without distinction…God takes the side of real human beings and the real world against all their accusers…But it’s not enough to say that God takes care of human beings.

  This sentence rests on something infinitely deeper and more impenetrable, namely, that in the conception and birth of Jesus Christ, God took on humanity in bodily fashion.

  God raised his love for human beings above every reproach of falsehood and doubt and uncertainty by himself entering into the life of human beings a s as human being, by bodily taking upon himself and bearing the nature, essence, guilt, and suffering s of human beings. 

Out of love for human being, God becomes a human being.  He does not seek out the most perfect human being in order to unite with that person.   Rather, he takes on human nature as it is. 


This is about the birth of a child, not of the astonishing work of a strong man, not of the bold discovery of a wise man, not of the pious work of a saint.  It really is beyond all our understanding:  the birth of a child shall bring about the great change, shall bring to all mankind salvation and deliverance (“The Government upon the Shoulders of a Child” Christmas 1940)


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  John 1:1-5
Merry Christmas~
(We are weak, but He is strong!- Yes, Jesus loves us!)

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