3 Christmas Mysteries

James Anderson | December 23, 2016


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

When I read those words, I can hear the deep Scottish voice of my former headmaster, echoing through the Glaswegian parish church where I and my fellow pupils gathered for our annual Christmas carol service. As best I can tell, neither he nor I were believers at the time, but I still remember that his reading of John’s prologue (which he insisted on) never failed to give me chills. Even to our unregenerate minds, the inspired text communicated something of the wonder of the incarnation.

Now that I’ve grown in my theological understanding and spiritual maturity, the wonder and mystery of the incarnation seem greater than ever to me. Yet surely I’m not alone in finding familiarity breeds, if not contempt, at least neglect. Christmas rolls around again, and the combination of busyness and repetition conspire to dampen our appreciation of the incredible story.

Here’s a modest attempt to revive our wonder at the mystery of Christmas—indeed, not just for one but for three Christmas mysteries.

1. The Incarnation of God the Son

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14)


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