Athanasius (c.297-373), my favorite early church father, fought heretics with all of his soul. I am brought to tears reading his glorious writings. Please indulge with me each Tuesday as we sit at the feet of our forefather in the faith – a warrior for Christ who relentlessly pursued truth in all the churches. I’ve been posting quotes from his magnum opus “On the Incarnation of the Word” each Tuesday so far.
What was the strategy of God in sending His Son as a peasant man?
…That mystery the Jews [stumble over], the Greeks deride, but we adore; and your own love and devotion to the Word also will be the greater, because in His Manhood He seems so little worth.
For it is a fact that the more unbelievers pour scorn on Him,
so much the more does He make His Godhead evident.
The things which they, as men, rule out as impossible, He plainly shows to be possible; that which they deride as unfitting, His goodness makes most fit; and things which these wiseacres laugh at as “human” He by His inherent might declares divine.
My favorite uncle.
The divine Son of God became a lowly human in order to blast the elitist sensibilities of the proud. He’s winning over the mockers and unbelievers through His utter poverty and weakness at the cross – counter-intuitive, counter-culture. I love it.
Thanks for reading,