How could there possibly be anything more mysterious and wonderful than the incarnation of Jesus Christ? God became a 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 put his hand to the plow in his Father’s field.
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 nine months before that—when Jesus Christ was first conceived by the Holy Spirit within 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 can it be that God has come in the flesh? How can it be that he is in the flesh now? 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.
DENNY, thank you for this very beautiful reflection.
We try to comprehend the mystery, but can only catch glimmers of the magnitude of its meaning. Our sacred Scriptures reveal to us ‘our life is hidden with Christ in God’ (from Col. 3:3)”
From the seventh century A.D., Bede has written, this:
“. . . through the mystery of the Incarnation, He is become The Way, by which He guides us to our home.” – Venerable Bede
A favorite quote for many Christian people concerning the great mystery of the Incarnation comes from C.S. Lewis, this:
““Yes,” said Queen Lucy.
“In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”
? C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle