Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The reason I celebrate Christ's coming to earth

The below was written by a man named Gregory of Nazianzus who lived about 329-390 A.D. THIS is why I celebrate Christmas. THIS is why I praise Him. THIS is why He deserves my worship, my love, my life, my all. By the way, I did not find this myself. I read it on a blog that I read regularly. May it cause you to worship and adore Christ, our Savior, this Christmas season.

“He was baptized as man, but He destroyed sins as God; He Himself was not in need of purifying rites, but [He was baptized/He came] that He might sanctify the waters. He was tempted as man, but He conquered as God; not only this but He even encouraged [us] to be courageous, since He had conquered the world. He was hungry, but He fed thousands; not only this but He is indeed life-giving and heavenly bread. He was thirsty, but He shouted, “If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink”; not only this but He also promised that those who believe would gush forth [with water]. He was tired, but for those who are tired and heavy laden He is rest. He was heavy with sleep, but He is light upon the sea; not only this but He even rebukes winds; not only this but he even makes Peter light when he is sinking. He pays tax, but [he does so] from a fish; not only this but He is even king of those demanding [the tax]. He hears Himself called a Samaritan and demon-possessed, but He saves the one who went down from Jerusalem and fell among robbers; not only this but He is even recognized by demons and drives out demons, and He sinks a legion of spirits and sees the ruler of demons falling like lightning. He is stoned, but He is not caught. He prays, but He hears [prayers]. He weeps, but He causes tears to cease. He asks where Lazarus [is laid], for He was man, but He raises Lazarus, for He was God. He is sold, and very cheaply, for [it was] for thirty silver coins, but He buys back the world, and [it was] for a great price, for [it was] for His own blood. He was led as a sheep to slaughter, but He shepherds Israel, and now, indeed, the whole inhabited world. [He is] silent like a lamb, but He is the Word, being proclaimed by a voice of one shouting in the desert. He has been weakened, wounded, but He heals every disease and every infirmity. He is lifted up upon the tree, He is fixed [to it], but He restores by the tree of life; not only this but He saves even a robber crucified with [Him]; not only this but He darkens everything that is seen. He is given cheap wine to drink, He is fed bile. Who? The one who changed the water into wine, the destroyer of the bitter taste, the [one who is] sweetness and all desire. He hands over his life, but He has authority to take it again; not only this but the curtain is torn apart; for the things above are exhibited; not only this but rocks are split; not only this but dead are raised beforehand. He dies, but He makes alive, and by death He destroys death. He is buried, but He rises. He goes down into Hades, but He brings up souls; not only this but He goes up into heaven; not only this but He will come to judge the living and the dead . . . ” (Gregory of Nazianzus)

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