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                                          Christmas Coptic Articles Index

                                      :The Glorious Feast of Nativity ●
                                            ?January or 25 December 7
                                   God's Continuing Love Enfleshed ●
                                 Incarnation of the Word - Full Book ●
                The First Coming…Preparation for the Second Coming ●
                              The Genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ ●
                             The Nativity of Christ: A New Covenant ●
                                       Incarnation of the Word Jesus ●
                                          The Shepherd of Shepherds ●
                                              The Star of Bethlehem ●
                                            Wise Men Still Seek Him ●
                                        The Need for the Incarnation ●

    We maintain that the two conditions described by the prophets about "
     Christ signify the same number of advents. The first one was to be in
 lowliness, He was born to be led as a sheep to be slain as a victim…Now
  these indications of humility fit His First Coming. But the aspects of His
                 )majesty belong to His Second Advent." (Tertullian c.207


       The Old Testament prophets foretold that the Word of God would
become like us, take a body like ours, and unite Himself unto us in a way
beyond human comprehension. These prophecies were to come to pass as
    .the "First Coming" or the Glorious Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ

                                          :In the Holy Book of Isaiah 9:6
 For unto us a Boy is born. Unto us a Son is given. And the rule is upon "
            ".His shoulder. And His name is called Wonderful Counselor

   The Lord Jesus Christ was born a boy, a son to the Virgin St. Mary. He
was called a boy and a son because He took perfect humanity like ours. A
     host of heavenly angels bore good tidings of this glorious birth to the
shepherds, proclaiming a Savior had been born. The birth of our Lord was
 heralded by a star, in fact the entire Heavens pointed unto His Holy birth.
The Magi came from afar to worship the infant Lord Jesus. It was through
      this miraculous birth the Heavenly Father would come to give us all
    everlasting "peace and good will." It was through this birth the Father
    was pleased to save man, and through this Boy, and within this Son to
                                              .reconcile the world to Him

                                       :In the Holy Book of Psalm 132:3-5
I will not go upon my bed. I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to "
        my eyelids or rest to my temples, until I find a place for the Lord, a
                                          ".tabernacle for the God of Jacob

David the Prophet and King desired to know more about the First Coming
  of the Lord Jesus Christ. He desired to foreknow the place of the Lord's
 birth. Imparted by the Spirit and then knowing of the place in which the
     Lord Jesus Christ would be born of the Only Begotten to the flesh he
    said, "We heard of it at Ephratah. We found in the fields of the wood.
                                                            )(Psalm 132:6




The Prophet David is referring to Bethlehem when speaking of Ephratah,
      as confirmed by the Prophet Micah "And you Bethlehem, house of
 Ephratah." (Micah 5:2) It was prophesied it would be in Bethlehem that
     the holy Virgin would give birth to the Lord Jesus Christ. A further
   implication from this verse is if the "God of Jacob" is born of woman
               ".then the holy Virgin is indisputably the "Mother of God

                                :.In the Holy Book of Habakkuk 3:2 Sept
  O, Lord I have heard Your hearing and feared. In the midst of the two "
    living creatures You shall be revealed, in the coming near of the time
      shall You be shown, while my soul was troubled shall You in anger
  remember mercy. God shall come from Teman, and the Holy one from
                                                           ".Mount Paran

The prophet Daniel prophesied that God shall come from Teman which is
       interpreted meaning "South," for the Lord Jesus Christ was born in
 Southern Judea, where Bethlehem was located. The two living creatures
 in this verse are according to Origen, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy
  Spirit, "In the midst of the two living things or of the two lives you will
be known." Origen explains, "For all knowledge of the Father is obtained
     by revelation of the Son through the Holy Spirit, so that both of these
beings which, according to the prophet, are called either "living things" or
 "lives" exist as the grounds of the knowledge of God the Father. For it is
      said of the Son that 'no one knows the Father but the Son, and he to
whom the Son will reveal him.' The same also is said by the apostle of the
  Holy Spirit when he declares, 'God has revealed them to us by His Holy
           Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of
                      .)God"(Origen, On First Principles 1.3.4; ANF 4:253

 Athanasius, c. 300 taught, "He became man that we might be made God;
  and He manifested Himself in the flesh, so that we might grasp the idea
   of the unseen Father; and He endured the insolence of men, so that we
                            ".might receive the inheritance of immortality

 Tertullian, c. 197 writes, "In Zechariah…Christ is described in a twofold
garment, which prefigures His advents. First, He was clad in 'sordid attire'
 which represents the lowliness of changeable and mortal flesh…Next the
 sordid garments were removed, and he was adorned with a robe down to
his feet, along with a turban and a clean miter. This represents the Second
                                                                   ".Advent

    Not only is the First Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ heralded by the
Church but the anticipation of the Second Coming is a true belief as well.
     The Orthodox Creed (in the Agpeya Prayers) and St. Basil's Divine
 Liturgy in compliance with the New Testament teachings, both confirm
the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Early Church Fathers often
      wrote that the First Coming was indeed preparation for the Second
                                                                 .Coming

 In the Institution Narrative in the Divine Liturgy we pray, "Therefore, as
we commemorate His Holy Passion, His Resurrection from the dead, His
 Ascension into the Heavens, His sitting at Your right hand O Father, and
    His Second Coming from the Heavens, awesome and full of glory we
offer unto You Your gifts from what is Yours, for everything, concerning
                                            ".everything, and in everything

   In the Agpeya we recite the Orthodox Creed whose ending states, "We
 look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the coming age." We
   are confessing the return of the Lord Jesus Christ which could not have
                                .been made possible with His First Coming

Just as the Old Testament predicted the First Coming would be followed
     by the Second Coming, the New Testament documents the Glorious
Nativity and confirms the future occurrence of the Second Coming of the
Lord Jesus Christ. The New Testament specifically teaches us preparation
                                 .not prediction for the Second Coming

     Hippolytus, c.200 writes, "The Scriptures indicate there will be two
  advents of our Lord and Savior. The one is His first advent in the flesh,
which took place without honor…However; His second advent is foretold
     as being glorious, when He will come from Heaven with the host of
                                                                  ".angels

                       :In the Holy Book of Titus 2:12-14, St. Paul wrote
      denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, …"
   righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope
    and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who
  gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed,
 and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."
                                                            )(Titus 2:12-14

                                      In the Holy Book of Revelation 1:7
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they "
 also who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because
                                                                 ".of Him

Tertullian, c. 197 writes, "Jesus is still sitting there at the right hand of the
  Father. He is man, yet also God. He is the last Adam; yet, He is also the
    primary Word. He is flesh and blood, yet purer than ours, and He will
 'descend in like manner as He ascended into Heaven.' That is, He will be
  the same both in substance and in form (as the angels affirmed). For He
                       ".will even be recognized by those who pierced Him

 The conception of the Lord Jesus Christ not only fulfilled the birth of the
  Word and His dwelling among us, but also earmarked for all of history
   His First Coming in which the Lord Jesus Christ affirmed His mission
                        .which was to prepare us for His Second Coming
    As members of the bride of the Lord Jesus Christ we must steadfastly
                                             .prepare for the Bridegroom

   May the Glorious Feast of the Nativity bring peace and good will to all
    and renew the hope of restoration through the Second Coming of our
                                                       .Lord Jesus Christ

				
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