The Incarnation: Dec. 11
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Luke 1:26-35
The wonder of the incarnation!
The Eternal Word taking on flesh and dwelling with us!
The manhood of Jesus is a miracle worthy of our worship, our gratefulness, and our adoration. God the Son, without ceasing to be divine, added to His person a human nature. He was simultaneously God and man. His divine nature did not cause His manhood to be less than human, His human nature did not cause Him to cease being divine. At every point of His life after conception, He experienced life as a man the way all humans do—with the same childhood and physical vulnerability that we do, yet without sin. The author of the DNA code had to learn the Jewish alphabet—the Word had to study the Scripture!
At every point of His ministry He steadfastly refused to use the power of His divine nature to mitigate the temptations or weaknesses of His human nature. So, though He could create bread for the multitude, He would not create a bite for Himself in the desert. Though He could raise Lazarus from the dead, He would not keep His wrists from bleeding and His nerves from agonizing on the cross. He felt cold and heat as only a creature can, while in His divine nature He sustained the very cold and heat that caused His human suffering.
What a wonder, the incarnation! And what a mercy! In facing every human reality, yet without sin, and with perfect obedience, He stood truly and fully in our place. In Him, we have the redemption of mankind. All men and women who put their faith in Christ, receive the mediation of the Man Christ Jesus, God the Son, who intercedes for us eternally before the throne of God.