We emphasize, and rightly so, the deep suffering that Christ underwent on the cross, both the excruciating physical pain and the even greater spiritual oppression of bearing the sins of man. I don’t recall any passage of Scripture that refers to the incarnation as suffering, but that step down into humanity from the glories of heaven must have been quite a shock for the Word. Of course, we don’t know to what degree, after the fact, he was aware of that transportation from the celestial realm into the material world. But it bears a moment of thought, it would seem, while many are oohing and aahing over the Christ child and singing touchy-feely songs and setting up well-placed and nicely crafted creches, how God in the flesh must have — can I say it? — suffered when the shadow of the Holy Spirit came upon Mary.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming of portraying Christ crucified (Gal. 3:1).