The Annunciation, 25th March

C.S.Lewis comments on Luke 1:26-35 in Miracles

The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. Just as every natural event is the manifestation at a particular place and moment of Nature’s total character, so every particular Christian miracle manifests at a particular place and moment the character and significance of the Incarnation. There is no question in Christianity of arbitrary interferences just scattered about. It relates not a series of disconnected raids on Nature but the various steps of a strategically coherent invasion—an invasion which intends complete conquest and “occupation.” The fitness, and therefore credibility, of the particular miracles depends on their relation to the Grand Miracle; all discussion of them in isolation from it is futile…
In the Christian story God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity… But He goes down to come up again and bring the ruined world up with Him.

Philippians 2.5-11
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature a God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature b of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

He did not cling …

He did not cling to His throne above the sky;
The King of Kings looked the rebels in the eye.
The mighty Son of God became as empty as a slave,
To reach and to reconcile, to suffer and to save.

Nor did He stop at slavery, but bowing to the will
Of God His heav’nly Father He descended deeper still:
He took upon His shoulders all the filth that ever was,
And, nailed with our cruelty, even died upon a cross.

So conform your minds to the one true Friend,
Every heart may choose but every knee shall bend.
There has never been His equal, there will never be again:
The Lord of the cosmos and the Lover of men.

But deeper than He dove God has raised to Him above
The Suff’ring Servant to the Lord of love,
And bestowed the highest name – let the universe proclaim
That Jesus Christ is LORD to the Father’s fame.


Singable paraphrase of Philippians 2:5-11 by Peter Brittain, 2010.