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The Incarnation! No, its not a flower!

March 4, 20122 Comments

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Joh 1:14 NKJV)

Then God came to earth not in a raging whirlwind nor in a devouring fire. Unimaginably, the Maker of all things shrank down, down, down, so small as to become an ovum, a single fertilized egg barely visible to the naked eye, an egg that would divide and redivide until a fetus took shape…  The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey

I stand in reverent awe of God!  Who can fathom His steps, He does all things according to the counsel of His own will, no one can plan Him out.  After four hundred years of silence, God decided to come to Earth Himself to get across His message.  After years of prophets, warnings and signs, Jesus came in the flesh.  God was never deaf, He always had sight, in Numbers, the Lord asked Moses “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?”(Num 11:23)­ But when Jesus, the Living Word of God, became flesh; He had a body!

To have a body is not a small thing, but when you are God, it’s not a big thing either! What am I saying? Paul speaking of Jesus said it like this, “…(Jesus) made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”(Php 2:7 NKJV) He emptied Himself of His deity and His divine prerogative to become Human.  It was such a blessing for us, we needed it, but it was quite a step down for Him.  It would be like the President, becoming a pauper, or the CEO of Apple becoming the janitor and buffing floors or the Queen of England being stripped of royalty and serving tables at Denny’s. But inside I sense that Jesus, the Living Word of God, becoming flesh was still far more!

Science and the medical professions have laid out the process of birth, from the sperm penetrating the egg, all of the stages of growth, right to full term.  But who can detail the process of God becoming flesh, who can say how the Living Word of God, penetrated an ovum.  Who can detail how spirit transfigured itself into flesh, who can explain how eternity wrapped itself in time.

We call the divine act of Jesus becoming flesh the incarnation, but does that word even capture the beauty? Does it capture the splendor, the grandeur?  Does this put us in breath-taking awe? Something completely mind-numbing and beyond comprehension and human ability happened when Jesus became flesh.

J.B Phillips the author of “Ring of Truth” captures a conversation between a senior angel and a younger angel concerning earth and the incarnation.

Do you mean that our great and glorious Prince…went down in Person to this fifth-rate little ball?  Why should He do a thing like that?…

The little angel’s face wrinkled in disgust. Do you mean to tell me, he said, that He stooped so low as to become one of those creeping, crawling creatures of that floating ball?

I  do, and I don’t think He would like you to call them ‘creeping, crawling, creatures’ in that tone of voice.  For, strange as it may seem to us, He loves them.  He went down to visit them to lift them up to become like Him.

The little angel looked blank. Such a thought was almost beyond comprehension.

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  1. The Incarnation! One of my favorite things to think about! I really enjoyed reading this.

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