Immanuel–God with Us (Part 3)

The Creator coming in the flesh in itself is outrageous, incomprehensible. The purpose of His coming is all the more outrageous and incomprehensible. “He humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8).

The Son of God, as man, experienced the power of temptation at a level of intensity no other man has experienced. How do we put our minds around God, in the flesh, feeling the pain of the soldier’s whip and the spikes impaling Him on the cross. Jesus died, the Son knowing the Father’s wrath for our sins inflicted upon Him. He knew humiliation. The Creator of all, surrendered His sovereignty for the shame of the cross, inflicted upon Him by His enemies. The Son of God, who was with God, equal with God, one with God, voluntarily relinquished His glory to the power of the Enemy. He “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:7). “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). For our sakes!

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” By this outrageous and incomprehensible love God calls us to faith in God through Jesus Christ. He calls us forgiveness, to peace with God, to new life in Christ, to hope. (Romans 5:1-11).

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him…sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).

An outrageous claim on which Christian faith and hope stands. God with us. “The Power of all Creation stooping so low as to become one of us.”

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