ALMIGHTY God, who has given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we, being regenerate and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit forever, one God, world without end.
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14
At last, to us “a child is born” and “a son is given.” At last, God’s Son who “bears the very stamp of his nature” has spoken to us. At last, the Word “became flesh and dwelt among us.” The celebration goes far beyond the birth of the child Jesus – the very nature of creation is being changed! God, who was invisible and untouchable, has become human. Humanity, which was fallen and sinful, now has the perfection of God in its midst! The Psalm says God has “worked salvation” for his people, and the collect names “adoption” as one way that salvation reaches us. For, just as his Son adopted or took on our human nature, so we too are adopted and take on his perfection through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we pray for continual growth in this new life, impossible without Christ’s divine intervention in this world.