Who is Jesus?

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Jesus stands at the heart of the Christian faith. He has fascinated, strengthened and drawn people to follow him for two thousand years, and people continue to be drawn to him today.

Christians believe that Jesus isn’t just a good man, a brilliant teacher of noble truths or a powerful healer, but that in him God became a human being. Christians call this the Incarnation, and a ancient christian writer called Hillary of Poitiers wrote beautifully about it,

God is enclosed in the shape of a tiny embryo in the womb of the Virgin and grows in size. He who upholds the universe, in whom and through whom everything came into existence, is brought forth according to the law of human birth; he at whose voice the angels and archangels tremble, and the heavens, the earth and all the elements of the world melt. is heard in the cries of a baby. He who is invisible and incomprehensible, who cannot be judged by the reckonings of sight, sense and touch, lies wrapped in a cradle. If any consider these conditions unfitting for a God, they will have to admit that their indebtedness to such generosity is all the greater. the less they are suited to the majesty of God

Hillary of Poitiers, On the Trinity II.25

The same belief is expressed in the well known Christmas carol Hark! the herald angels sing:

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

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