Why did those Flemish painters place the Biblical scenes in contemporary dress and scene? Because they wanted to say that the Biblical truths are as alive and real today here and now as they were two thousand years ago.
Today the miracle of the Incarnation of the Son of God is a vital and dynamic truth. It is not just a dull dogma or an abstract belief. It is not a theological conceit or a man made metaphor or myth. Christ, the Son of God became man by taking the flesh of the Blessed Virgin.
On this miraculous intervention the salvation of the whole world hangs. On this instantaneous and eternal action the destiny of the world was reversed, the victory over evil was assured and my own destiny is enabled.
Now all I need to do is engage with this eternal action, and knowing the power and presence of grace to say, “Let it be unto me according to your word.” Then incarnation starts to become real within me as Christ begins to transform my own life into his life so that I, like him and in him, may be born again.