I preached last week on the Incarnation. It was the first time I’ve preached an entire message solely on the fact that God came in the flesh. Here are some rough excerpts of my notes. I think you will enjoy them. And if you want to listen to the whole message … CLICK HERE.
Incarnation literally means embodied in the flesh, taking on flesh. At the core of Christianity is the doctrine of the Incarnation. The idea that God became a man is central to all that we believe and hold dear and true. It’s so central and accepted that I think at times we do not give serious thought to the subject. When you step back and consider the truth of the Incarnation it is an absolute shock to your entire being.
The most tragic thing, The most joyous thing, The most wonderful thing, The most awful thing, The most scandalous thing, The most shocking thing, The most incredible thing, The most glorious thing, The most powerful thing, The most humiliating thing, The most enthralling thing, The most repulsive thing, The most beautiful thing, The most frightful thing, The most unthinkable thing has happened… God BECAME A MAN!
1Ti 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
In the Beginning was the Word – Both testaments start with the phrase, “in the beginning”. It’s not talking of God’s beginning but of our beginning because God has no beginning.
Joh 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
The Word was at the beginning, in other words, in the beginning the Word already existed (NLT). He was… He was already there before man and creation.
The Word was with God – The Word was in fellowship with the Father. The Word was not merely dwelling alongside the Father and the Spirit but rather God, the Word, was in intimate fellowship with God, the Father and God, the Spirit. He was never separate from God but rather always with God, inseparable, coequal, coexistent.
The Word was God – Though He was distinguishable from the Father, He was also identical to the Father. He was not another God; instead, He Himself was God. How does that work exactly? He was with God and He was God? He is with God and He is God! Herein is the mystery of the Trinity!
All things were made through Him – If there were any ambiguity now it becomes clear that He is not in the same category as everything else. He was already before anything was… and The Word actually made everything that was made. He is the Creator of all that exists.
The writer of Hebrews gives us his explanation of John 1:1-3…
Heb 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
The Word became flesh
Joh 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.
The most incredible things has happened this One, The Word, the Being who was always called the Word, became the person we know as Jesus Christ. The Transcendent God came in human form. As one of our staff said it, “the God of the universe became a zygote!”
Col 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
An infinitely inferior example of the incarnation is taking the sun and the entire power of the sun and putting it within a human frame… It would be still be inferior to take a billion stars and pack them within skin.
“In His love and pity God came to us as Christ. The awful majesty of the Godhead was mercifully sheathed in the soft envelope of human nature to protect mankind.” – A.W. TOZER
Divinity and Humanity are mingled forever in the Man, Christ Jesus. He is the Door, He is the ladder, He is the Way, He is the Truth, He is the Light, He is the Life!
Micah 5:2 says the Son went forth from the Father. The Father sent Him. Charles Spurgeon offers this narrative to describe the transaction:
“Go,” saith the Father, “and thy Father’s blessing on thy head!” Then comes the unrobing. How do angels crowd around to see the Son of God take off his robes He laid aside his crown; he said, “My father, I am Lord over all, blessed for ever, but I will lay my crown aside, and be as mortal men are.” He strips himself of his bright vest of glory; “Father,” he says, “I will wear a robe of clay, just such a men wear.” Then he takes off all those jewels wherewith he was glorified; he lays aside his starry mantles and robes of light, to dress himself in the simple garments of the peasant of Galilee. What a solemn disrobing that must have been! – C.H. Spurgeon
My prayer is that this Christmas you will stop for a moment and meditate on the truth of the incarnation. The Most Incredible thing has happened… GOD BECAME A MAN!