The Incarnation

There is hardly anything more mysterious and wonderful to me than the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God became a man. Jesus Christ is at once fully God and fully man. God took on mortal human flesh and became subject to all the things that every other mortal is subject to. He sneezed. He coughed. He got headaches and an upset stomach. Every morning he got up, shook the dust out of His hair, and served His Father faithfully.

Jesus Christ was not only subject to sickness, but also to death. The eternal Son of God was die-able. In fact, he did die. And three days later, what was mortal became swallowed up by immortality in the resurrection.

Even now, the resurrected Christ sits at the right hand of God in glory. As I type these words, the incarnate God intercedes in the flesh for His people before the Father (Romans 8:34). And it all began in a manger 2,000 years ago. No, actually, we have to go 9 months before that—when Jesus Christ was first conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary, when the God-Man was an embryo. “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. . . The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:30, 35).

How could any of this be? God is in the flesh now! I cannot get my little pea-brain to comprehend it, yet this is precisely what the Bible teaches. “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).

As we ponder the imponderables of God, let us never cease to be amazed at the manifold mercies of God that have come to us through the incarnation of King Jesus. Let every heart prepare Him room.

Merry Christmas!

5 Responses to The Incarnation

  1. Jim Peet December 24, 2007 at 11:17 am #

    Thank you Dr Burk for your ministry to your blog readers this year!

    This article ministered to me this Christmas Eve!

  2. Denny Burk December 24, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks, Jim. I appreciate your taking time to read.

  3. Benjamin A December 24, 2007 at 5:12 pm #

    Denny,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Thanks for your Christmas reflection.

  4. Lance December 25, 2007 at 6:56 am #

    Thanks for reminding us of the incomprehensible God who became flesh and dwelt among us.

    I thank Him that He does not require our pea-sized brains to comprehend this (will we ever comprehend Him??!!), but only to believe it.

  5. J. Pat Lamb December 29, 2007 at 11:59 am #

    “…he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”

    The magnitude of this single act defies description…that God would empty himself willingly on my behalf. And then that God became obedient to death: imagine, the Author of Life willingly giving his life for those whom he created!

    O, Holy Night when God came near!

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