THE WONDER OF
(God became a man!)
"The Word was made (became) flesh and dwelt among us"
"God was manifested in the flesh"
(John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16)
Contemplate the wonder of the incarnation. The Bible describes it in very simple language: "The Word was God...and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1,14). The infinite God became a Man. The eternal One stepped into time (Gal. 4:4). The God who never had a beginning and who always existed was born as an Infant (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6). The Almighty rested in the arms of Mary as a dependent Baby. The Creator of all things was laid in a receptacle that was made for the feeding of animals (Luke 2:12). The One who was "high and lifted up" (Isa.6:1) was placed in a lowly manger and greeted by lowly shepherds.
Perhaps the most wondrous fact of the incarnation is that it made it possible for the Immortal One to die! The living God cannot die. Manís sin deserved and demanded death (Rom. 1:32; 6:23), thus dooming man to an eternal destiny separated from the God of Life (Isa. 59:2; 2 Thess. 1:8-9). God in love devised a way to provide salvation for sinful man without compromising His own just and righteous Character. Serving as manís Substitute, He would Himself pay the death penalty for sinful man. In order for this to be done, God must Himself become a Man "that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man" (Heb. 2:9). The Immortal One cannot die, but God took upon Himself our humanity and the God-Man could die and did die for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pet. 3:18).
Yes, He was born to die. His very purpose for coming into this world was to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15; John 3:17), and this saving work was accomplished, not in Bethlehemís cradle, but on Golgothaís cross. His birth made His death possible; His death made our salvation possible. The Bible describes it this way: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (2 Cor. 8:9).
Let no one misunderstand the significance of the incarnation. God became flesh, and God became a Man, but He did not become the Son. He became a partaker of flesh and blood, and He "was made like his brethren" (Heb. 2:14,17), but it was not by His incarnation that He became the Son of God. John chapter 1 teaches that the eternal Word was made (became) flesh (v.1,14). Paul used similar language is used to communicate the fact that the Son "was made (became) of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom. 1:3). He who ever was the Son of God became the Son of David by human birth. The eternal God became a man, born of the house and lineage of David. The eternal God did not become the Son of God.
The Lord Jesus once posed a question to the Pharisees which they could not answer: "What think ye of Christ (the Messiah)? Whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them...If David, then, called him Lord (in Psalm 110:1), how is he his son?" (Matthew 22:42-45). The Pharisees were silenced by this question, but years later this very question was answered by another Pharisee whose eyes had been opened by Godís grace. The answer is given by the Apostle Paul and recorded in Romans 1:3-4. Whose son is the Messiah? In His humanity ("according to the flesh") He is the Son of David (Romans 1:3). In His deity He is the Son of God (Romans 1:4), and thus He is Davidís Lord. His resurrection was the final proof that He was everything that He claimed to be.
The Lord Jesus did not become God at the incarnation, nor did He become the Son. The incarnation was when Godís eternal Son assumed our humanity, without ceasing to be God. The Son of God became the Son of Man, that we, the sons of men, might become the sons of God (John 1:12; Gal. 3:26). May we ever be filled with wonder and praise for His condescending love and grace by which He stooped so low in order to raise us so high! "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God" (1 John 3:1).
JESUS CHRIST IS GOD THE FATHER'S ETERNAL SON
By Bruce Oyen
Written on December 8, 2006
Jesus Christ is God the Father's eternal Son,
His well-pleasing and only begotten One.
He who is the firstborn of all creation,
will one day rule over every nation.
He who is the Prince of peace,
will one day make all wars to cease.
He who came to be the Savior of men,
has promised us He's coming again.
He who is the eternal Word,
has the sweetest Name ever heard.
He who is God in flesh manifest,
gives those who trust Him eternal rest.
He who with the Father and the Spirit is one,
created man, angels, earth, moon, sun.
He who is the Church's Head,
will one day judge both living and dead.
He who is the great I Am,
to remove our sins became God's Lamb.
He who is Israel's promised King,
is our Passover offering.
He who is the Lord of glory,
is the wonder of the Gospel story.
He who is exalted at God's right hand,
has the universe at His command.
He who is the firstborn from the dead,
feeds His people with living bread.
He who created the human race,
is the One who died in our place.
He who gives salvation free,
offers it now to you, to me.