Christ stands in a unique position in relation to the universe because --

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him."

(Col 1:15-16)

St. Paul tells us that Christ is the "First born of all creation". This is not a biological term but a legal one. He is first in the order of importance. As the Word of God he was begotten by the Father from all eternity. He is the "First born of all creation" because the Father created the cosmos through, with and for his Son. Christ then is at the beginning and end of all becoming.

The cosmic dimension of Christ become evident from an evolutionary point of view. Jesus is part of the process, a product of the Big Bang, the formation of the Milky Way, the unfolding of the Solar system, the molding of the crust of the earth, and the emerging of consciousness. He is the universe come to full consciousness.(Dennis Edwards, Jesus and the Cosmos, Paulist Press, NY, 1991, p. 66.

The writers of the New Testament placed Christ in the cosmic prospective by means of human descent as the son of Joseph, David, Abraham, etc. and finally the son of Adam. Christ is the Son of Man.

The "principalities and powers" which He created become participants in this event. The angel Gabriel is sent by Him to ask Mary's consent to be become His mother, and with her consent begins to create his humanity in her. This is a transcosmic event because the conception is achieved by the power of the Spirit, without a human father. Naturally speaking, Mary should have generated a girl but instead a man came into being. Why? If she had conceived a girl, she would be a Holy Mother with a Divine Daughter; man would have been left out of this event. At his birth an angel revealed to the shepherds this wonderful event "And suddenly there was a multitude of heavenly host with the angel praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest and upon earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'" (Lk 2:13-14)

In God's providence even the stars played their role in proclaiming the birth a great king. This does not mean that the planets and stars changed their natural movements but that Eastern astrologers on April 17, 6 BC, observed the rising of Jupiter, the royal planet, before the sun in proximity to the moon in Aires, the zodiac sign for Israel. (Michael Molnar, The Star of Bethlehem, Rutgers University Press,NJ, 1999, p. 101) It may also be that that they were familiar with the prophetic writing of Israel, "I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A star shall advance from Jacob, and a staff shall rise from Israel...." (Nm 24:17) and inspirited by God they became convinced that this was the sign indicating the birth of a great king in Israel. And so we read,

"When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,saying,
'Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.'"

(Mt 2:1-2)

Savior of the Nations, Come

1. Savior of the nations, come,
Virgin's Son, make here Thy home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.

2. Not by human flesh and blood,
By the Spirit of our God,
Was the Word of God made flesh--
Woman's Offspring, pure and fresh.

3. Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the Virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in heaven enthroned.

Christ Cosmic Power