The Epicenter of Christian Faith - God Became Flesh

December 10, 2021
Church family: Would you please join me in this one question survey? Here is the one question:

1- When meditating on the gospel of Jesus Christ which of the following brings a greater sense of awe and amazement?
a) A crucified God on Good Friday
b) A resurrected God at the empty tomb on Easter Sunday
c) A God becoming human on Christmas morning

Wait… wait… give that some thought, contemplate, process, reflect, ruminate, mull it over.

I think that you would agree with me that the celebration of the incarnation of the Son of God on Christmas morning usually does not produce the same sense of awe that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ does. We need to do something about this, so, lets get started refreshing our understanding of the incarnation - that God became one of us in order to save us.

The incarnation of the Son of God is the epicenter of our Christian faith. The supreme mystery of Scripture is that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ without giving up any of His divinity. Very often we look at the incarnation with confusion rather than amazement which then results in us ignoring this epic doctrine. Or we may just have a low view of God which then depletes any awe and wonder when considering that God became man. Looking back over all Old Testament history we clearly see that all of it was pointing to God becoming flesh and dwelling with us to save us from our sin once and for all. And every miracle of the New Testament depends on the incarnation of the Son of God.

Let these 10 thoughts magnify in your heart the glory of the incarnation of the Son of God.

1-The incarnation declares to us that God’s purpose from the beginning was for Him and us to be in intimate fellowship. 

2-The incarnation means that God comes to earth to reconcile us from our sin because we could not reconcile ourselves. 

3-The incarnation reminds us that our God is not a recluse, uninterested in us, but desiring intimacy and relationship. 

4-Through the incarnation God pursues a rebellious people - us. 

5-The incarnation is the God of unapproachable light coming into our life on earth for a people who loved darkness. 

6-The incarnation is God telling us that we had no hope so He has come to give us eternal hope.

7-The incarnation is the infinite and eternal God who created the universe by His Word coming into time, putting on flesh so that He can confront us face to face living a perfect life and dying a human death. 

8- The incarnation means that the eternal Son of God put on flesh, hungered, thirsted, grew weary, wept , groaned, felt annoyance and emotions, was lied to and was murdered, so He has compassion and sympathy for us in our weakness.

9-The incarnation is the central truth of the entire story of redemption from Genesis to Revelation. 

10-The incarnation, God becoming man, is a summary of the gospel. 

As Athanasius simply put it, The Son of God became man to enable men to become sons of God. It is difficult to fully grasp the love involved in the incarnation!

For there is one God,
and there is one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as a ransom for all… 1 Timothy2:5-6

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