Category Archives: Incarnation

The Outrageous Claim of Christmas

At the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, Solomon prayed, “Will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple” (1 Kings 8:27). Yet there is this outrageous claim by … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 4)

“‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23). The biblical texts are abundant testifying to God’s initiative and to the willingness of Christ. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 2)

At the core of Christian faith is an outrageous claim. God, in the person of his Son, came to dwell on the earth as a human being. The Creator of all things, the one whom “the heavens, even the highest … Continue reading

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Immanuel–God with Us (Part 1)

The nations around ancient Israel had physical representations, idols, of their gods. Often the ancient prophets of Yahweh rebuked Israel for wanting to imitate their neighbors. They made idols fashioned after cattle or humans to represent Yahweh, equating God with … Continue reading

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Jesus Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem

“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51 ESV). The time was drawing near for the completion of the mission and the purpose of Jesus’ life. Yes, … Continue reading

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The Grand Miracle–God with Us

Since almost the beginning of time humankind “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” (Romans 1:23). Influenced by the nations around them and their time in … Continue reading

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