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C.S. Lewis on the Incarnation

Or one may think of a diver, first reducing himself to nakedness, then glancing in mid-air, then gone with a splash, vanished, rushing down through the green and warm water into black and cold water, down through increasing pressure into the death-like region of ooze and slime and old decay; then up again, back to colour and light, his lungs almost bursting, till suddenly he breaks surface again, holding in his hand the dripping, precious thing that he went down to recover. He and it are both coloured now that they have come up into the light: down below, where it lay colourless in the dark, he lost his colour too.

–C. S. Lewis, Miracles, p. 401 in the Signature Classics

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C.S. Lewis on the Incarnation

One has the picture of a strong man stooping lower and lower to get himself underneath some great complicated burden. He must stoop in order to lift, he must almost disappear under the load before he incredibly straightens his back and marches off with the whole mass swaying on his shoulders.

–CS Lewis, Miracles p. 401 of the Signature Classics

C. S. Lewis on the Incarnation

[In the incarnation, Christ] goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with him.

–CS Lewis, Miracles, p. 401 in the Lewis Signature Classics

C. S. Lewis on the Incarnation

If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth–the very thing that the whole story has been about.

–CS Lewis, re: “The Grand Miracle” of the incarnation of Christ, in Miracles p. 398 of “Signature Classics”

If the incarnation was in fact real–if Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became man–then it can only be the centerpiece of all of history. I love the way Lewis puts things.