Chapter 5 of Knowing God is “God Incarnate“. One of the foundational truths of Christianity is the incarnation of Christ. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human at the same time.
It is from misbelief, or at least inadequate belief, about the incarnation that difficulties at other points in the gospel story usually spring. But once the incarnation is grasped as a reality, these other difficulties [miracles, the resurrection] dissolve.
If He was truly God the Son, it is much more startling that He should die than that He should rise again.
He was not now God minus some elements of His deity, but God plus all that He had made His own by taking manhood to Himself.
It is our shame and disgrace today that so many Christians–I will be more specific: so many of the soundest and most orthodox Christians–go through this world in the spirit of the priest and the Levite in our Lord’s parable, seeing human needs all around them, but (after a pious wish, and perhaps a prayer, that God might meet them) averting their eyes, and passing by on the other side. That is not the Christmas spirit. Nor is it the spirit of those Christians–alas, they are many–whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making nice middle-class Christian friends, and bringing up their children in nice middle-class Christian ways, and who leave the sub-middle-class sections of the community, Christian and non-Christian, to get on by themselves.
The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob. For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor–spending and being spent–to enrich their fellowmen, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others–and not just their own friends–in whatever way there seems need.
Grace and Peace