John. 1:1-3, 14. (Pray)
Many religions today are teaching men to try and become gods. The Bible teaches just the opposite. The Bible teaches that the one and only true and living God became man. We are finite beings and therefore we cannot understand the infinite teaching of the incarnation. But, although we cannot understand it with the natural mind, we can believe it spiritually and rejoice in it by Gods grace. In fact, we MUST do that. Jn. 8:24, 1Jn. 4:3.
The resurrection of Christ proves that He is the Judge of the world. Acts 1:3, 17:31. Only the Creator could do what Jesus did. Buddha is dead and so are Mohammed, Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, and all the other great teachers of the past. But the Word made flesh, who was put to death in the flesh, is alive forever more. 1Pet. 3:18, Rev. 1:18, Heb. 7:25. Our subject is God Became Man. Let us consider three questions about this. How, when and why?
I. How Did The Creator Become Man?
1. He created His own body for the incarnation. Jn.1:3, Col.1:15-16.
A. Being the firstborn of every creature does not mean Christ was a created being. It shows that He, as creator, is head of all creation.
B. The Bible clearly teaches Christ is the creator. Jn.1:3, Col.1:15-16.
2. His human body came not produced by the normal process alone.
A. Isa.7:14, Matt.1:23, and Heb.10:5.
3. Yes, He was the seed of Abraham, Heb. 2:15-16 and of the woman or Israel, metaphorically, Gen.3:15 & Rev. 12:1-2, 5. But – His mortal body was not tainted with sin like yours and mine. He was the God man; human yes, but divine and sinless at the same time. Heb. 2:17, 4:15, 9:14, 1Pet. 1:18-19. He is the one and only perfect Savior!
II. When did The Creator Become Man?
1. The actual date of the incarnation is debatable.
A. The world celebrates Christs birth on Dec. 25th.
B. Various other dates have been observed in Jan. Mar. Sep. & Oct.
C. Actually, a fall date seems most in tune with Lk. 2:8-11.
2. Think about the ancient Michaelmas celebration on Sep. 29th as an example.
A. England and Western Europe observed Michaelmas in the middle ages.
B. The meaning of it was to commemorate the sending of Michael and the angels at Christs birth (Sep.29).
C. The date was about the time of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Jn.1:14. (Dwelt is the word for tabernacled in the Greek.)
3. Consider this. The incarnation did not happen at Christs birth but at His conception nine months earlier. Why? Life begins at conception. Phil. 2:6-7.
A. The ideal time for human gestation is 278 days according to science.
B. Counting backward 278 days from the ancient celebration of Michaelmas brings you coincidentally to December 25.
C. SO – would it not be ironic if in the midst of all the pagan revelry and commercial greed of the modern holidays, that the pro-abortion world were allegedly celebrating the actual incarnation of the Savior (now get this) because of His conception rather than His birth?
III. Why Did The Creator Become Man?
1. The greatest of all questions has the greatest of all answers.
A. Gal. 4:4-5. Jn. 3:16-17, 1Tim. 1:15.
2. His first advent is a prophetic promise of His Second Advent.
A. Rev. 21:3-4, 22:5.
Conclusion: How sad to think that so many today reject the Bible and ignorantly or otherwise go the way of the world in all that they do. Dear friend, when God became man, He did it in a manner that He might be the perfect Savior for sinners like you and me. Come to Him now by faith. AMEN.