“The word became flesh”- Wow! Just think about that… God Almighty; God supreme and majestic; Creator of all we feel, hear, know, see, smell and taste…The LORD, Jehovah, the Great I AM taking on the flesh, bone and blood of human beings?? You know, if the Bible didn’t testify to that reality, we would never believe it. The thought, the very idea of God becoming man is too outrageous. It’s too mind-blowing; too unfathomable and scandalous to imagine possible!!
Would God Almighty, holy and perfect, pure and sinless; all knowing, all powerful and ever present…could He, would He do that?? Yes–in Jesus Christ He did! Because of that fact, none of us can say, “God doesn’t know how I feel!” None of us could contend that God can’t suffer or feel sadness or pain, because Jesus did. In fact, before Christ incarnated into our world, God showed many emotions when dealing with humanity–specifically, with His chosen people of Israel.
Who do we think gave us the ability to experience joy, pain, sadness or happiness?? God did! And if God authored these facets of our humanity–created them–He must therefore know how they feel, because they generated from Him (and He’s made us in His image). John the gospel writer wrote that Jesus came to us “full of grace and truth.” Why did Jesus come to us as a newborn baby in Bethlehem? He came to bring us the grace of God through the truth of God as the Word of God–made flesh. He couldn’t have done that from the safe confines of His heavenly throne. Hardly! Jesus Christ came to us so that our sins could be put to death in His body (flesh) and washed away with His blood. This couldn’t have happened without the Crucifixion!
The Lord didn’t become a human being because He was bored in heaven and wanted to go on some earthly adventure. (That sounds like something out of Greek mythology!) Rather, Jesus came to rescue us from our body of death; to make us new creations, spiritually. And one day He will raise our dead bodies and give us new eternal bodies. Doesn’t that sound terrific!!?? If you awake each morning to new aches and less hair, new bodies (and new hair) sounds like a good idea! The Gospels say that Christ came to seek and the save the spiritually lost and to give His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sin. That is the only reason why God would have any divine business becoming a human being!
When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, He did so in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” That means that Jesus was fulfilling in His life and ministry exactly what God required for Him to be the Saviour of the world and the messiah of His people (the Jews). In “the flesh,” Jesus accomplished that; now, He extends His hand and He knocks on the door of our hearts. How will we respond? Will we respond by saying, “Yes, Lord. I accept what you’ve done for me (a sinner) at Calvary (on the Cross) and accept Him as our Saviour”? Or, will we shrink back and say, “No!”–or–“I’m not sure”–or–“I don’t believe it”! Listen, whether we choose to believe or not, Jesus came in the flesh to die for you–anyway. It happened!
When we go before God one day, He will ask us, “What did you do with my Son? What did you do with what happened on the cross?”
For those of us who are Christians, this is a powerful reality. We know the difference Jesus makes. When’s the last time you communicated that truth to someone who doesn’t know about Christ? While we’re still in our bodies of flesh, like the apostle Paul, we too have fruitful, Kingdom labour yet ahead of us to accomplish.
Can you disciple that?
Scriptures: John 1:14; Matthew 3:14