Incarnation

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only….

It is the writer of John that reminds us that God has always been with us! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

There is but one God! Paul later writes, Eph 4:5 …one Lord, one faith, one baptism….The whole purpose of the trinity was for us to be able to better understand God. Jesus was present when the Spirit of God moved over the face of the deep at creation. Jesus was present when Joshua crossed over the Jordan River.
Jesus has always been present.

At the birth of Jesus, something different happens. We call it the incarnation. The coming of God’s Son into the world as a human being. The term itself is not used in the Bible, but it is based on clear references to Jesus as a person “in the flesh”. Rom 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. Paul was absolutely convinced that Jesus was a human being, flesh and blood. But if Jesus were merely a man, no matter how great, there would be no significance in drawing attention to His bodily existence. The marvelous thing is that in Jesus, God Himself began to live a fully human life. As Paul declared, Col 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…. The capacity of Jesus to reveal God to us and to bring salvation depends upon His being fully God and fully man at the same time.

For 18 years Dian Fossey, zoologist, worked with gorillas on the continent of Africa. Working in the Mountains, located in the nation of Rwanda, she separated herself from civilization and those, who as poachers, sought to destroy the endangered gorillas. Leaving life in one part of this world, she moved halfway around the world to the region of the gorillas and literally lived among them. She first began in 1963 and four years later, by 1967, the gorillas had come to accept her. Looking at the gorillas as deserving of her love, she identified with them, named them, cradled their babies, cried with them when they mourned their dead. After 18 years with the gorillas, it was home. She had made her home with them; she became like them; she dwelt among them; they were her friends. And when faced with the danger of her mission, she would not leave. In the end, as 1985 came to a close, Fossey died among those she came to save. Apparently knifed by poachers whose trade she sought to destroy, she died like those she came to live among and save. Our human minds cannot understand how Jesus can be both fully God and fully man. But the Bible gives clear indication of how this works out in practice. No person may see God and live . He dwells in unapproachable light . Can we, therefore, only know Him from a distance? No! God has come near in the person of Jesus . He has taken on a form in which He can be seen, experienced and understood by us as human beings .

This does not mean, however, that Jesus’ humanity is only a display case for His divinity. Jesus lived out His human life by experiencing all the pressures, temptations, and limitations that we experience . The Bible makes it clear when it speaks of “one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all” . God likes people. He sent his Son to be one!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

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