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What Child is This?

What Child is This?

by Josh Caudill

"What Child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?"

So the old Advent hymn goes. And John responds in turn,

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory." -John 1:14

The child whose birth we anticipate during this season--the Christ--escapes our comprehension. The celebration of his birth is a celebration of the most holy and the most mundane, for God, in his infinity and majesty, descended to the earth, taking the most helpless form: a human baby, a child whose safety and life depended on the care of his parents and his community.

What an image! The very creator of all that exists becoming one of His own creation. Imagine: the creation of God, called "very good," returned to its perfect state. Though once corrupted, now, in the small, delicate hands and feet of a infant, God's image, in man, is made whole.

But why? Again, John proclaims,

"From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace." -John 1:16

Imagine, again, the wholeness of the perfection of God's creation. Recall the division of Genesis, as Adam and Eve are cast out of the presence of God in their hubris. Separated from their creator indefinitely, but promised a hope of redemption.

And centuries later, a glimpse of hope is seen again in the eyes of a child, for Jesus, the Christ, has been born. And with His birth, humanity's hope of wholeness returns. For, as John again reminds us, though none have seen God, those He has now been made known (John 1:18).

What child is this?

This, this, is Christ the King.

May you rejoice in His sovereign rule and the redemption His kingdom brings this week.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill