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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

God Became Man

And the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

I was presented this morning with the powerful reality of the Incarnation of God. Incarnation is the teaching that God became a man. This teaching is unique to Christianity. No other faith has the audacity to present God as so humble. Many men have made themselves out to be gods, but no other god has made himself out to be man. This unique and holy teaching is explained by J.I. Packer in his unriveled book, Knowing God. He writes:

"In the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation resides. "THE WORD BECAME
FLESH" (John 1:14). God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it the more staggering it gets. The mystery of the incarnation is unfathomable."

What immense humility our Almighty God has! The deep swallowing of pride that the omnipotent would be taught to speak! The immense demonstration of love that He would allow Himself to be helpless so that ultimately He could help the helpless to become children of God!

During this busy holy season, take time to reflect on why we busy ourselves. The cliche is that Jesus is the reason for the season. But take time to ponder what He did in becoming one of us. Take time to ponder why He would stoop so low. And praise Him as you do so!

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Blogger 2 keys said...

The only way to personally know that "God became man" is to see Jesus Christ, at his perfect and transfigurative death on the cross, "go back up to the place where he was before" (John 6:62; 8:28; 14: 15-21; 19: 30-37). AMEN!

7/29/2010 11:08 AM  
Blogger Timothy Schmoyer said...

2 keys: thank you for your comments. for reference, people can read your verses referenced by going here:;%208:28;%2014:%2015-21;%2019:%2030-37&version=NIV

I am curious what you mean by "His ... transfigurative death". In what sense was His death "transfigurative"? How did His figure change?

thats all. thanks for your comment.

7/29/2010 12:05 PM  

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