Theme: Incarnation Faculty Speaker: Dr. Brittany Wilson- Assistant Professor of New Testament Lectionary Texts: Exodus 3:1-15; Philippians 2: 5-11; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-18
During lecture, Dr. Brittany Wilson taught us and talked with us about the meaning of God’s Incarnation—becoming flesh—in Jesus Christ. We discussed how God’s people encountered an embodied God in the Old Testament, including Moses and the burning bush and Abraham’s meeting of the three visitors. Dr. Wilson pointed out that in God’s Incarnation in Christ there is both newness and continuity with how God appeared to God’s people in the Old Testament. Dr. Wilson presented to us a variety of paintings that highlighted various aspects of the Incarnation story, including various portrayals of the angel’s announcement to Mary. The end of our lecture was spent discussing how Christians came together during the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. to agree upon basic commitments about the Incarnation. She mentioned that during this time period it was “God and human were incompatible categories;” therefore, church leaders worked hard to affirm how in Christ is both 1)fully human, 2)fully God, 3)these elements are mysteriously united in Christ. We ended with extended discussion about the way Christ used his body and its significance for how we consider our own bodies.
“How could the Eternal do a temporal act, The Infinite become a finite fact? Nothing can save us that is possible.” –W. H. Auden, For the Time Being
“That which God has not assumed, God has not healed.” –Gregory of Nazianzus, 4th century bishop
“All of salvation history depends upon God’s Incarnation in Jesus Christ.”—Dr. Brittany Wilson
“God is not content to be in a long-distance relationship.” –Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick
Today we had our second round of Arts Village, where students were able to use their bodies in praying with clay, painting, sacred dance, and Biblical storytelling. We were served dinner by people from Church of the Holy Family from Chapel Hill, NC, and we were able to use our bodies to eat with, converse with, and fellowship with other Christians. Finally, our worship service concluded with Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick sharing more about God’s loving pursuit of and presence to us in the Incarnation. With skillful preaching he showed us how the Incarnation is an act of God’s love and grace to us, God willing to be in close relationship with us by becoming one of us.