Born By God’s Will (Twelfth Night- Last Day of Christmas)

Eidos | 1/5/2019 | Staff
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Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The children of Christmas are a spiritual family whose nursery includes every nation on the Earth. We are not known by soil, because all the cosmos is made by our Creator. We are not known by blood, because only our King was born of the will of God in blood at Bethlehem.

Rest - Imitation - Christmas

All the rest of us are an imitation of Christmas.

One woman thought she was praising the Mother of God when she said that her womb and breasts were blessed. Jesus said:

Yea - Word - God

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

This is important since though Jesus was born as a baby, real blood, actual womb, milk, the central element was the will of God and the consent of Mary. The decision by God Almighty to empty Himself of His divine prerogatives and become a baby was so grand that it dwarfs all us. Mary hearing the word God and keeping it in her heart from that point forward was magnificent.

Decisions - Consequences - Mary - Baby - Jesus

These spiritual decisions had physical consequences for Mary and the baby Jesus. These physical acts (birth, nursing, growth) are particular to the two of them and vital to our faith, but the pattern of God coming and our consent is universal and most relevant to our own journey. Christmas was a birth in blood by the will of God, not men, and so came the unique God-man. The rest of us can be born again, not this time in blood, by the Will of God, God-man in Christ.

We imitate the Christ of Christmas. We recollect our new birth in Christ. This timeless...
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