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Watering the Tulips
July 11, 2012
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” – Hebrews 2:9
The “humiliation of Christ” is one of the most mind-boggling things in the entire world. It is no wonder that those who are wise in worldly things don’t generally understand it (1 Corinthians 1:26). The thought of God becoming man is just foolishness to the natural mind (1 Corinthians 2:14). Nevertheless, it is one of the foundations of all truth. Jesus is the Creator (John 1:1-2). And yet, he was fully man when He came to this Earth as our text tells us. He was all God and all man – the God man, Jesus Christ.
Jesus willingly became a man. Philippians 2:7-8 tells us that Jesus “made of Himself no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” What amazing love that Christ must have for His own that He willingly set aside the glory He had with the Father before the foundation of the world to suffer for us (John 17:5). He wasn’t forced to do this. His will was in harmony with the Father’s will so He willingly laid down His life for His sheep (John 10:11).
Paul said, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16). Certainly, it’s a great mystery for our minds to consider. Jesus is 100% God. Yet, He came to this Earth as 100% man. He didn’t cease to be God at that time. Yet, He was fully man. One may say, “That is impossible”. Well, had it been anybody else, it certainly would have been impossible. But it happened nonetheless. It is absolute truth. Our ability to understand it doesn’t validate it. God’s Word is the foundation of all truth and it informs us of both Christ’s deity and humanity. So, we must believe it.
So, what’s the point? Why study this? Why consider this? Does it even really matter? Well, first of all it’s in the Bible. So, it’s worthy of consideration on that basis alone. But that certainly isn’t the only reason. In God’s plan, a man had to die for the sins of another man. We, as fallen men, needed a sinless Kinsman Redeemer to die for our sins. But no man is sinless. We all fell in Adam. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23). God certainly is not a sinner. Yet, God cannot die! So, there is a huge divide there in our minds. In fact, there is no human remedy here. Yet God, in His wisdom, made a way. His Son would become a man – albeit a sinless man – and suffer the penalty for the sins of His people (Matthew 1:21). Our sins cannot now be imputed to us because Christ willingly became our Mediator and paid for them (1 Timothy 2:5).
Do you trust this One today? Our prayer is that God has effectually drawn you to Christ as your personal Savior!
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