The Incarnation…God Came Down

December 20, 2018

 

John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Simply translated the verse reads, “The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness–the greatness that belongs to the only Son of the Father.” The Living Bible says: “And Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. And some of us have seen his glory–the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father!

 

“Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. Christ’s  Incarnation is when God the Son or the Logos (Word), “became flesh” by being conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary. The incarnation, then, is when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took on human flesh. This is similar to the hypostatic union. The difference is that the hypostatic union explains how Jesus’ two natures are joined, and the Incarnation more specifically affirms His humanity.

 

The LORD of Glory came down! The One who inhabits eternity came down! He came down into a lonely world, and took upon Himself human flesh. “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same…” (Hebrews 2:14).

 

The LORD came down to a bed of straw in a lonely stable in Bethlehem, a small Judean village. His throne was a manger, His imperial robes were a swaddling clothes (probably, strips of cloth, or rags), His royal attendants were farm animals, His royal family were poor peasants. Here is Almighty God  coming wrapped, not in regal luxury, but in the rags of humanity. That’s the incarnation!

 

That tiny baby, so helpless and frail, was God come in the flesh. All of the majesty, wonders, and mystery of deity gathered into this God-Man. “For in Him (Christ) dwells all of the fullness of the Godhead, bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

 

Our LORD Jesus Christ, Almighty God, humbled Himself, becoming totally man, while at one and the same time He was totally God. He lived a perfect lie, and died a sacrificial death for us.

 

But none of the ransomed ever knew

How deep were the waters crossed;

Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed through

Ere He found His sheep that was lost.

Out in the desert He heard its cry,

Sick and helpless and ready to die.

 

(From the hymn, “The Ninety and Nine” by Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane)

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