“If Shakespeare and Hamlet could ever meet,” wrote C. S. Lewis, “it must be Shakespeare’s doing. Hamlet could initiate nothing.”(Lewis 1955: 227) In his footnote Lewis expounded,
“Shakespeare could, in principle, make himself appear as Author within the play, and write a dialogue between Hamlet and himself. The “Shakespeare” within the play would of course be at once Shakespeare and one of Shakespeare’s creatures. It would bear some analogy to Incarnation.”(ibid)
Incarnation was a means to which the Word became flesh (John 1:14). It was the way the Creator partook of the same nature as his creatures in every respect (Heb. 2:14, 17), born of a woman (Gal. 4:4), manifested in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16) and was found in human form (Phil. 2:8). Incarnation is Immanuel, God with us.
Unlike Eastern and Alexandria Christians who celebrated the birth of Christ Jesus, the Creator dwelling in the form of a creature on January 6th, Western Christians in ca. A.D. 336 celebrated this feast on December 25th, possibly to take hostage the Roman pagan celebration of the birth of the unconquered Sun, Natalis Solis Invicti, Emperor Aurelius.
December 25th for Christians is not simply the celebration of birth of a baby Jesus, but a King worthy of our allegiance. The Christmas saga is about an infinitely glorious rich King who for our sake became a poor servant King and by His poverty we become rich (2 Co. 8.9). Christ Jesus is Christians’ servant King. The King who came not to be served but to serve. He served by becoming the Savior and Triumphs King (Phil 2:5-11).
This is why Christians celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus. The time when the Creator became a creature. This is why I celebrate.
Lewis, C. S. (1955) Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich