|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It was a real incarnation”
Right now, on Sunday nights at Oak Hill Baptist Church, our winter Bible study series is “Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God” by Max Lucado. It’s a DVD-based study that includes video clips, Bible study, and discussion groups. Each session examines a different promise from God and how that promise can become a foundation stone upon which we build a strong life of faith.
One of the promises we have examined and discussed is that we have a high priest (Jesus) who understands us because He was one of us. For a short time, God entered into our world in a human body and actually lived among us, as one of us. He experienced life exactly as any other human being would experience it. At different times He was a fetus in the womb, then a helpless infant, then a toddler, adolescent, teenager, and adult man. He got hungry and thirsty. He was alternately tired and well-rested. He had moments of great joy and others of great anguish. He rejoiced and He mourned, He laughed and He cried, He felt good and He felt pain. He also experienced great temptations.
For thirty-three years God was physically in the world in the body of a human being in the person of Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth. Theologians call this “the incarnation”. In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, God took on what He did not previously possess – a human nature. He was still fully God but He was also fully human. For the time He was in that human body He voluntarily chose not to use or rely on His divine attributes and power. Those attributes and that power still existed (God cannot stop being God), but with the exception of those times that He used His power to perform miracles, He lived a fully human existence along with us. It was a real, full, complete, incarnation.
This truth has huge implications for us. The obvious one being that His birth led to His death, which led to His resurrection, and that made it possible for our sins to be forgiven. But there’s even more to it than that.
We’ll explore the implications of the incarnation in much greater detail in the days to come. For now, this morning, I encourage you to spend some time in prayer considering the great truth that God loves you so much, that He left heaven and came to earth to rescue you so He can one day bring you to heaven.
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