Just in case you found yourself thinking about the incarnation this time of year, whether you’re a preacher preparing for your Christmas sermon or a lay person looking to get introduced to a deep mystery, I have handily provided below several past posts from this blog on the incarnation for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!

Kierkegaard: A parable of a king and a maiden a heart wrenchingly beautiful parable on the nature of God becoming man

Jesus, Puberty, and the Mid-Life Crisis:  this is a short post I wrote some time ago teasing out some of the implications of the incarnation on various stages of life.  Heavily leaning on the early church theologian Irenaeus, this focuses on the doctrine of recapitulation.

Abraham Kuyper: on the Incarnation Kuyper was a highly intelligent and influential theologian in the Dutch Reformed tradition.  Kuyper’s is a very earthy description of the incarnation, pointing out that once the Son of God took on flesh, his body was nourished with the blood of Mary, a child of fallen Adam.

Octavius Winslow: Jesus Wept Winslow was a puritan theologian.  His focus is principally on the human emotions the eternal Word wed himself to at the incarnation.

Spurgeon:  The Incarnation and Birth of Christ Spurgeon, famous Baptist preacher from London and “last Puritan” holds a kingly picture of the child in Bethlehem.  This one in particular is easy to get lost in worhsip.

Milton: Paradise Lost In this excerpt from Milton’s famous Paradise Lost we see the intra-Trinitarian conversation between God the Father and God the Son about how to go about redeeming sinful humanity.  Deeply moving stuff.

Augustine: City of God In this excerpt Augustine here draws out the logical conclusion of sola Christus (I know it is an anachronism) through the incarnation.

Theodore Beza:   in this excerpt Beza demonstrates why the Christ must be fully God and fully man

Calvin’s Christology:  This is a longer essay I wrote on Calvin’s Christology, dealing chiefly with his complex view of the incarnation

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