YOU saw it back then in the creation, when God wished to frame the creation, with how much harmony and a godly, seemly wisdom he fitted everything together, so that it might be “very good”?
And in the framing of man, he prepared everything beforehand – lights, earth, sea, he caused a Paradise to flower – and afterwards, he made Him by whom “all things were made”.
The same thing is true now, in the new creation, and something more, because we have “abundance of grace”, according to Paul.
Yes, because this time he did not “speak and they were created”, the Only-Begotten Son of God, but he came in person, and bore our very nature and walked among us, he was lifted up on the cross and with his bloodied fingers he sealed salvation, and threw down the sins of the whole world, and crushed satan.
He opened Paradise and said proudly, “I wish, that where I am, these shall be with me, that they might see my glory” (Jn 17:24).
These things are shocking. These things are real situations, they are not stories. They are the Promise of the Father, in a few words, our inheritance. And all of these these things are attained through faith.
THY Nativity, O Christ our God, caused the light of knowledge to dawn upon the world; for in it, those who gave worship to the stars were taught by a star to worship thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to thee!
Apolytikion in the Liti, Feast of the Nativity.