Advent season is here! The four weeks before Christmas will put a laser focus on the Incarnation. Our teaching series is called “REhumanized!” These four messages will be especially clear and practical for those new to biblical faith and the church. Here is the beautiful and rich theology underneath this series:
Our human existence and the community we share are flawed by sin. So when the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity made human nature his own and was born as Jesus, he defined what it means to be human. “Through his incarnation, Christ becomes the model who sits for the restoration of the divine image damaged by sin, yet as the Creator he is also the painter of God’s image.” (Athanasius, 298-373)
This means that Christ, who is God’s perfect image, shares that image with humankind, thus restoring us to kinship with God and bringing salvation from fallenness and sin. Because he has become human, he has made all human persons his kin. He has become the origin and center of a new humanity, a new community! - God’s Many-Splendored Image, N.V. Harrison
We live in a broken world of dehumanized people. Jesus came to REhumanize us!