If Christmas means anything, it is that matter — the stuff of flesh and protons and quarks and quasars — matters. It matters to God. He became it.
It amazes me how often I heard language that spiritualizes Christianity more than God does. Two thousand years after the birth of Christ we still haven’t fully grasped it, and still play around with Greek gnostic-like notions of what it means to be “spiritual”. Christ was not born to make us spiritual, but to make us fully human. Which is why the New Testament refers to Jesus as the “Second Adam” — He is the re-boot of the species. Which is why we can believe that God is making all things new and is making a New Creation . . . because it has already started, in Jesus. His birth — the entrance of the infinite into the finite — the embracing of matter by the God who is spirit — shows us that redemption and New Creation isn’t an escape from the physical, but an embracing and healing of it. Continue reading