Christmas and the Things of Earth

Creation. Incarnation. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In the fullness of time, the Word became flesh (Galatians 4:4; John 1:14).

These passages, and the events they describe, aren't just a part of the same Bible; they're inextricably linked. They are woven together. God made a world. God made himself into a baby. God created us. God with us. These are two steps in one Great Dance.

God Speaks in Things

How so? Begin with the goal of creation: "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1). And not just the heavens. Everything declares the glory of God. His invisible attributes are clearly perceived in the things that have been made (Romans 1:20). Creation makes invisible realities visible. As one theologian said, commenting on Psalm 1, "Trees are audio-visual aids to help us understand righteousness."

The world is filled with images of divine things, as full as a language is of words. Creation is the triune God's self-revelation, his communication to his image-bearers. As N.D. Wilson writes, we live in God's language:

Imagine a poem written with such enormous three-dimensional words that we had to invent a smaller word to reference each of the big ones; that we had to rewrite the whole thing in shorthand, smashing it into two dimensions, just to talk about it. Or don't imagine it. Look outside. Human language is our attempt at navigating God’s language; it is us running between the lines of his epic, climbing on the vowels and building houses out of the consonants.

The Bible is our Rosetta Stone, the grammar textbook that teaches us how to read everything else. "Consider the birds" (Matthew 6:26). "Consider the lilies" (Matthew 6:28). "Consider the ant" (Proverbs 6:6). There are divine lessons in seeds and fields, in sand and rocks, in wineskins and fig trees. Go. Look. Think. Listen. God is speaking to you.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]