As we mentioned in class today, here’s a link to the late third century treatise by St Athanasius entitled, On the Incarnation. He traffics in pithy notions of the reasons why Christ came to earth as He did, but Athanasius has no interest in flattering us with his theological aptitude, but rather to (re)kindle our adoration for the One who laid aside more than anyone ever has to give to us more than anyone has ever given.
There are worse ways to spend part of the Advent season than to wade through and meditate on even some of Athanasius’ ruminations on the meaning and significance of the incarnation.
This Sunday we turn to from the broader themes of providence and covenant in the Confession to a narrower, but no less profound, topic concerning the nature of Jesus. For two weeks we’ll consider what it means that Jesus is our Mediator.
Here’s a little summary of the person of Jesus in a post entitled, Thinking through Christology.