But for once, and for a special purpose, He dispensed with that long line which is His instrument: once His life-giving finger touched a woman without passing through the ages of interlocked events. Once the great glove of Nature was taken off His hand. His naked hand touched her. There was, of course, a unique reason for it. That time He was creating not simply a man but the Man who was to be Himself: was creating Man anew: was beginning, at this divine and human point, the New Creation of all things. The whole soiled and weary universe quivered at this direct injection of essential life – direct, uncontaminated, not drained through all the crowded history of Nature. But it would be out of place here to explore the religious significance of the miracle. We are here concerned with it simply as Miracle – that and nothing more. As far as concerns the creation of Christ’s human nature (the Grand Miracle whereby His divine nature enters into it is another matter), the miraculous conception is one more witness that here is Nature’s Lord. He is doing now, small and close, what He does in a different fashion for every woman who conceives. He does it this time without a line of human ancestors, it is not the less He who gives life (Matthew 23:9). The bed is barren where that great third party, Genius, is not present.
C.S. Lewis The Joyful Christian pg 57-58 [emphasis added]
Isn’t that an absolutely beautiful word picture at the beginning! I’ve emphasized the places that send shivers through me every time I read them. The whole thing – the whole “Grand Plan” – is just amazingly *beautiful* to me right now. Being with child and the approaching Advent season…it’s a very special combination. And, although I’ve experienced it before, for some reason the significance is hitting me particularly hard this time.
It’s an incredibly inspiring thing to revel in. 🙂