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What Child is This? “What Child is This?” is a well-loved Christmas Carol which was written in 1865, describing what the shepherds were possibly pondering to themselves when they encountered the Newborn Savior born from the Virgin Mary. 2,000 years later the world is still pondering and contemplating the question of what child is this. Recognizing the impact Jesus Christ and Christianity have had on Western Civilization and the world as a whole, non-religious and secular people will acknowledge Jesus as a good man, a moral teacher, and an important religious and historical figure. However, based on the claims Christ made for Himself and Christian dogma as a whole, Christ cannot be described as simply a good man and moral teacher. C.S. Lewis goes so far as to say that Christ can be only one of three things: a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Either He lied about who He was; He believed what He said about Himself but wasn’t, making Him a lunatic; or He was and is Who He said He was: the eternal Son of God. Throughout history, humanity has been confused or unable to comprehend who Jesus Christ is. During His time on earth the Pharisees were getting fed up with Jesus and asked, “Who do you think you are?” Jesus said, “‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’ ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ the Jews said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was, I AM!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, “slipping away from the temple grounds” (John 8:56–59). The violent response of the Jews to Jesus’ “I AM” statement indicates they clearly understood what He was declaring—that He was the eternal God incarnate. Jesus was equating Himself with the "I AM" title God gave Himself in Exodus 3:14. What Child is this Who laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This Child is the eternal Word of God in the flesh! “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). It is truly a mystery, but a mystery we may experience and live in the life of the Church. On Christmas Day, the eternal Son of God enters into the world by taking flesh from the Holy Virgin Mary. Let us also — through a life of prayer, worship, repentance, fasting, and charity — give birth to Christ in our hearts and spread His Grace and love to those around us. This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, The Son, Of Mary

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
64 Hershey Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: (717) 394-1735
Fax: (717) 394-0991


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