When God Became a Man

Humans are indeed weak and sinful. Every day news outlets carry reports enumerating the troubling evidence. We handle this onslaught by becoming progressively desensitized and cynical. Additionally, we are bombarded with increasing volumes of temptations as a result of technology and mobility. Satan never naps and we are always being seduced (1 Peter 5:8).
Consequently, we wonder how Jesus could come to this wicked earth and become one of us. It seems more than we can conceive. John 1:1-3 tells us “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (NKJV).
In John 1:14 John tells us that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This is as profound a thought as any ever delivered to man. Jesus is God and simultaneously the son.
C. S. Lewis wrote, “Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and music, and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poor substitute of looking into the beloved’s face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speak? Christ by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father.”
We notice that the word did not enter or fill a man but “became flesh” in the form of Jesus. He came to participate with us in human nature to learn how we think and live. This is not to measure an historic event but to show his eternal nature. His presence here was but a spot on the time line of his existence.
Primarily he came to die for our sins (John 3:16). He was the only one who could serve as the Messiah, being completely acquainted with both God and man. He understands how we feel and what we endure daily. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus was exactly what mankind needed. Someone has said that if man’s greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If man’s greatest need had been technology, he would have sent us a scientist. If man’s greatest need would have been money, he would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, he would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was for a Savior, so Jesus was commissioned to be our salvation.
Our sins have separated us from God, so we need a Messiah to bring us back to him (Isaiah 59:1,2). Christ came and died so that could be possible (Romans 5:6). His cross became a bridge back to God. Jesus pleads for us to come to him with humble spirits when he says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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