Here’s a small collection of quotes about the incarnation of God. God becoming man is something to celebrate, meditate on, and cherish.



“The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.”
– Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline


“… without the incarnation, Christianity isn’t even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. “Be nice to one another” is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
– Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality


“Her (Mary’s) Son first had to be the Child of the Father in order then to become man and be capable of taking up on his shoulders the burden of a guilty world.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child


“…the incarnation is the complete refutation of every human system and institution that claims to control, possess, and distribute God. Whatever any church or religious leader may claim in regard to their particular access to God or control over your experience of God, the incarnation is the last word: God loves the world. God came into the world in the form of the people he created, the human race (including you and me), who bear his image. God’s creation of humanity in his image gives hints of who he is, since we all are marked by his fingerprints.

But as flawed humans, we give only a vague hint of God. Our broken reflection of God’s image is easily drowned out by our broken humanity. then, two thousand years ago, God came in his fullness. He came to all of us in Jesus. The incarnation is not owned, trademarked, or controlled by any church. It belongs to every human being. The incarnation is not something that requires a distributor or middleman. It is a gracious gift to every person everywhere, religious or not. God gave himself to us in Jesus.”
– Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality


“God’s dialogue with us becomes truly human, since God conducts his part as man.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life


“The incarnation is “a kind of vast joke whereby the Creator of the ends of the earth comes among us in diapers… Until we too have taken the idea of the God-man seriously enough to be scandalized by it, we have not taken it as seriously as it demands to be taken.”
– Frederick Buechner


“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”
– Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season


“Christ was made man that we might be made God.”
– Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation


It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
– Charles Dickens


The incarnation is true, not of Christ exclusively, but of Man universally, and God everlastingly.
– James Martineau


“The beauty of the image of God marred in man through the Fall is what the Incarnation redeems.”
Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity


“He united Himself with the dust, and made it glorious forever.”
C.S. Lewis


“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”
Madeleine L’Engle

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