The conception and birth of Jesus is a miraculous matter! His conception and birth was forecast by God through Isaiah some seven hundred years before the actual event: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14. Seven hundred years later when the angel told Mary that she was the virgin spoken of by Isaiah she said to the angel, “‘How can this be, since I don’t know a man?’ And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God’” Luke 1:34&35.
Who is this Man whom all the angels of God worship? (Heb. 1:6). He is God the Son, the Word become flesh. (John 1:14). He is the Seed of the Woman, the virgin. (Gen. 3:15; Matt. 1:23, Gal. 3:16). He is the One who holds all creation together. (Col. 1:17). He is God’s gift to the world. (John 3:16; Rom. 6:23). And He is the One who will in the process of time present the saved world as a gift to God the Father. (1 Cor. 15:24).
Jesus’ conception and birth was God the Son wrapping Himself in the dust of this earth. (Heb. 2:14). And the Day of Pentecost was when God began wrapping His creation in His Holy Spirit. (Psalm 139:7-10; Acts 1:8; 2:1f.) However, this is not to suggest the Creator/creature distinction is being removed. But it does mean that God’s creation has been saved and will therefore continue to be held together by Jesus Christ forever. To be sure, creation will be renewed. But just as Jesus after His crucifixion burst forth from the tomb with the same body He had before His death, so will this same creation be resurrected on the Last Day. (Psalm 102:25&26; Luke 24:39-43; Rev. 21:1f.).
The birth of Christ is testimony that God’s creation will not be annihilated (Gen. 8:21; John 3:17). This promise was ratified by His death and resurrection, and, is presently being consummated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God and Man in one divine Person forever. His divinity will never absorb His humanity, nor will His humanity take on attributes of divinity. His two natures will remain distinct for evermore. The mixing of these distinctions results in their mutual annihilation. For it would mean that God would become the creation and the creation would become God. But God says in the 1st Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before Me” Exodus 20:3. Thus God must forever remain distinct from His creation.
Theologians speak of the ‘pre-incarnate Christ’, i.e., temporary appearances of Christ before His permanent incarnation. Indeed Christ is the Older Testament’s ‘Angel of the LORD’. We believe it was He who walked in the Garden with Adam. He was the Angel in the burning bush who spoke to Moses. He was the Angel who spoke to Abraham. He was the Man Jacob wrestled with. He was the Angel who spoke to Manoah, Samson’s father. He was the Angel in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. The LORD through His prophet Malachi some four hundred years before the event promised: “‘And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,’ says the LORD of hosts” Malachi 3:1.
All creation ought to thank God for sending the gift of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. For, He has redeemed the dust of creation.