By Jonathan Michael Dean
What is the Incarnation? And why is the incarnation necessary for my life?
The incarnation is when God became a Man, taking upon himself a sinless human nature, being born of the Virgin Mary. He was truly God, and truly Man: two natures joined together in one body, without separation or mixture. This Man was Jesus.
It began in eternity past. The Father promised His Son a Bride. She [The Bride] would fall into sin, and He would have to purchase her back from Sin’s slavery. The price would be His life.
And so, at just the right time, God, the Son of God, became a Man…
Seated above the universe on heaven’s throne, the Son of God stood up. His face was as bright as the sun. His feet were like bronze, and before Him lay a carpet of crystal. Yet never once did His feet leave a scratch…
He began His descent … His whole person shone with the radiance of God’s glory. Multitudes of Angels and glorified Saints cast down their crowns to the King of kings; each own bowed to the ground when He passed by…
The Son of God picked up His pace and began running. His white robe and long silver hair billowed in the Spirit’s wake. A rainbow of Shekinah glory flowed behind Him…
As He charged down the streets of gold, He passed by all kinds of celestial creatures: Lions roared at the power of His majestic glory; Eagles cried out as the wind of His Spirit rushed beneath their wings; Oxen stood still as heaven trembled under His heavy stride…
Rushing like thunder through heaven, the Son of God reached eternities edge. He lept, jumping out of eternity into time and space. And down He went…
Riding on the Spirit’s wings, He flew through the galaxies. No burning star or super nova could stop Him; no empty space or black hole could confuse Him. He passed through millions of light years in moments. Lower and lower; further and further; down He went…
He reached earth, stopped, and hovered over the stratosphere. With blazing, Omniscient eyes, He gazed through Earth’s atmosphere. And through the cloud of humanities sin, He saw her: a young virgin girl named Mary. She lived in Northern Israel, in a town called Nazareth. “That’s her,” He said. “She will be His mother.”
After a moment, an angelic being could be seen ascending from the earth to meet the Lord. It’s the Angel Gabriel. He kneeled before the Son of God as they hovered over the earth. And the Lord spoke to him, “Gabriel, go to the town of Nazareth, to the house of Mary, and tell her of the things which are about to take place, for she has found favor in my sight.”
The small house had a roof covered in tree branches. In an even smaller room lay a young girl on a bed sitting six inches off the dusty floor. The glow of one candle was about to flicker out. Suddenly, Mary awoke. And the Angel Gabriel stood before her, filling the room with light.
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God…
High above the earth, Jesus smiled. “Jesus … I like that name,” He thought. And slowly, down He went … Like a dove, the Holy Spirit and He flew as one; down through eternity, through space, and into time. He made His home in Mary’s womb…
Only nine months later, under the decree of Caesar, Mary, and her husband Joseph would be in Bethlehem. This was according to the sovereign plan of God. In Bethlehem, in a dirty stable, according to the word of the prophet Micah (Mic.5:2), Mary would give birth to a perfect baby boy; in every way like us, but without sin.
What is the incarnation? The incarnation is when God became a man, being born of the Virgin Mary, and taking upon himself a human nature. This man was Jesus. He was truly God, and truly Man: two natures joined together in one body, without separation or mixture.
Why is the incarnation necessary for my life?
1. Because God is Holy
God’s law is an expression of His perfectly sinless nature. And in order for any man or women to be right with God, they must be holy too. The Problem is, we are not. In the day Adam ate the fruit, he died. And we, like Adam, transgressed the covenant (Hos.6:7). The curse of death and the condemnation of God looms over us.
Therefore, Jesus was born under the law of God. He lived a perfectly sinless life that He might redeem us from the curse of breaking God’s law (Gal.4:4-5). We needed a new Adam; a new Representative of the Human Race; one that could keep ALL of God’s commandments, even unto death. Jesus did this. As in Adam all die, so in Christ, all can be made alive (Rom.5:12-21). Adam passed on his sinful nature to us; Christ can give us a new nature like His own: a nature that loves God, seeks His glory, and desires righteousness.
2. Because God is Just
The consequence of Adam breaking the one rule God gave him was death. And we too, even if we keep all of God’s law, yet stumble at just one point, are guilty of breaking all of it (Jas.2:10). Yes, in order for this Holy God to be a Just God, sin must be punished. Sin is treason against God’s rule. It is a capital crime against a Holy God. The only reasonable punishment is death: eternal separation from the goodness of God; fire and burning, weeping and gnashing of teeth; an eternity of God’s Justice and Wrath.
Jesus died for our sin. He hung on the tree. The infinite Son of God, took the infinite punishment of sin on
behalf of the sinners for whom He died. God hurled His wrath and hatred of sin upon His Son. Jesus bore the full weight of God’s fury. He satisfied God’s Justice.
3. Because God is love
Jesus is the gift of God’s grace to humanity. Being the divine Son of God, He lived the perfectly sinless life that God required of Men. He had to be God, because only God is able to meet God’s standard of holiness. And He had to be a Man, because only a man can take the place of another man in death. Only a God Man could accomplish the plan of salvation that God drafted in eternity past.
Since Jesus never committed sin, He could apply the benefits of His death to our account. He could die as a substitute; in our place; on our behalf. All because of His great love for us, God made a way for sinful man to be right with a Holy God.
And seeing Jesus committed no sin, Death had no claim on Him. It held Him for but three days. He was found not guilty before the Father and rose from the dead. The grave had to release Him (Acts 2:24).
The God Man rose victorious. He who descended, ascended high above all principalities and powers (Eph.4:7-8). He took His seat at the right hand of God: the place of power, authority, rule, dominion, and honor; worshiped by angelic hosts, glorified saints, and heavenly creatures.
In His very person -being truly God and truly Man -Jesus brought God and Man back together. In His sinless life, walking with God in perfect fellowship, without any lapse of sin, Jesus brought God and Man back together. In His atoning death on the cross, consuming God’s fury against sinful Man, Jesus brought God and Man back together. In His resurrection and Ascension, the Son of Man sat down at the right hand of God, bring God and Man back together.
Jesus brought God and Man back together forever. He reconciled us to God in His body: in the incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension. He will forever be with His Father in eternity as the Glorified God Man. And through Him, we can be forever with God, in eternity, as a glorified Man or Woman of God.
There’s only one condition…
“That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom.10:9).
“To as many as received Him, even to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to be called children of God” (Jn.1:12).
“For those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
Call out to Jesus by faith. Confess your sins, forsake your sins, and turn to Him as Lord. Cry out for His salvation and He will save you. Though you are a sinner, God will look upon you as if you are perfectly righteous. You will no longer have to fear God’s wrath. God will look at His Son’s death as a satisfactory payment for your sin. And you will never have to fear death, knowing that in Him is the promise of a resurrection, and life everlasting.
What is the incarnation? The incarnation is when God became a Man, taking upon himself a sinless human nature, being born of the Virgin Mary. He was truly God, and truly Man: two natures joined together in one body, without separation or mixture. This Man was Jesus.
Why is the incarnation necessary for my life?
Because only the God Man could reconcile a Holy God and sinful man.