For even if the Word in his immeasurable essence united with the nature of man into one person, we do not imagine that he was confined therein. Here is something marvelous: the Son of God descended from heaven in such a way that without leaving heaven, he willed to be born in the virgin’s womb, to go about the earth, and to hang upon the cross; yet he continuously filled the world even as he had done from the beginning.
— John Calvin, quoted in Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 1488
In the words of the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451), Jesus Christ was “truly God, and the same truly man,” one Lord “manifested in two natures, without confusion, without conversion, indivisibly, inseparably. The distinction of the natures being by no means abolished by the union, but rather the property of each preserved and combined into one person and one hypostasis, not one severed or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten, viz., God, Logos, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
— John Feinberg, from In Defense of Miracles, p. 231
In the Christ child of Bethlehem, God entered human history and revealed himself up close and personal. The astounding truth is that in Jesus Christ, humanity encountered God in a real, personal, historical, and tangible way. The ultimate significance of Christmas is that the infinite, eternal God the Son left his glorious throne in heaven. He accepted life—and death—as a human to personally offer his love and forgiveness to sinners.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1496