Wednesday, February 24, 2010

the Logos, the Word made Flesh

Dr. Birzer posted Wisdom 18:14-16 on his blog post entitled "The Coming of the Incarnate Word," and I must share the passage and my response to it:

For while all things were in quiet silence, and that night was in the midst of her swift course, 
Thine Almighty word leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne, as a fierce man of war into the midst of a land of destruction, And brought thine unfeigned commandment as a sharp sword, and standing up filled all things with death; and it touched the heaven, but it stood upon the earth.”

I just love it. It inspires true awe in me, as if I was there the night the star shone out over a stable in Bethlehem, heard the angel say "Fear not!" and know that salvation had come in the form of a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. If that does not humble mankind and send chills down one's body, I am not sure what will, besides a death on Calvary and a rising on Easter Sunday. This is Lent, after all; the time to remember. The above passage seems to possess the entire meaning of the world in the last stanza-- "and it touched the heaven, but it stood upon the earth."

My mind immediately jumped to the beginning of the Gospel of John, whose interpretation as beautifully fulfilled the prophecy as the Lord Himself:

"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 to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

Pax Christi, and blessings on your Wednesday. My paper is...almost done. :) Persevero!

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