As Christmas draws near, I have not had visions of “sugar plums” dancing in my head, but Raphael’s masterpiece, The School of Athens. This famous fresco of the world’s greatest philosophers of antiquity, the centerpiece of which is Plato and Aristotle, represents man’s raw intellectual and moral potential. Plato, holding his book Timaeus and confidently pointing heavenward represents the forms, the true reality; while Aristotle, holding his book The Nicomachean Ethics, is boldly pointing to earth and symbolizes the particulars, the world we know. Both are surrounded by philosophers, contemplating their meanings.
At Christmas we gather together with friends and family to once again reflect on and appreciate the nativity — God’s masterpiece — the centerpiece of which is Jesus Christ. People often wonder, especially at Christmas, “Do all religions lead to God?” The nativity reminds us that no religion leads to God.
Where religion fails, God succeeds.
Our pursuit of truth, God wrapped in flesh.
Our attempts at virtue, God placed in a manger.
Our desire for the divine, God revealed in an infant — the Immanuel.
Jesus, the God Man, did not come merely to show the way — He is the Way! The Lord God Almighty wrapped the forms and the particulars in flesh and demonstrates His love for us in this. . . “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1)
Merry Christmas my brothers and sisters in Christ! This is truly good news!
By Andy Steiger – Director of Apologetics Canada