Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE INCARNATION OF JESUS CHRIST
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, ( and we beheld his glory, as of the only begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
1.The Mention of the Incarnation. The first mention of the coming of Christ was given in prophecy in Genesis 3 :15, ” And I will put enmity between thee and the women, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
In this verse we see first of all the unique birth of Messiah- that He will be the seed of the woman. Although we should be patient with some who have difficulty seeing the truth of the virgin birth in these veiled words of God, it is implied that the Messiah will be of unique origin. Else why is He called the seed of the woman and not the seed of the man? We also see that Messiah will be Supernatural – He will defeat Satan, a supernatural being. Only one who has power beyond that of mere man can defeat Satan who is called ” the prince of the power of the air.” (Ephesians 2:2); which depicts Messiah’s deity.! Not only that, but also from this verse we learn Messiah will be of the human race – He will be from a woman, not an angel or a visitor from another world. Thus, if the seed is truly supernatural and human, the ultimate mystery begins to unfold – that Messiah will be both God and man.
This promised Messiah of Genesis 3:15 is the beginning of a long series of Messianic prophecies throughout the Bible. From here on all the way to the birth of Christ we see Messiah in types, and pictures and shadows! The prophets wrote of it and the psalmists sang of it, and the apostles rejoiced and built their hopes on it. Isaiah 9:6 ,” For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Jeremiah 23:5, ” Behold, the days come saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice.” Micah 5:2, ” But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou, be little among the thousand of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
2.The Mystery of The Incarnation: 1st Timothy 3:16, ” And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Now mystery in the Bible is not something mysterious which you have to figure out! The Bible meaning of mystery is ‘ something that is hidden until God revealed it. For example there is the mystery of the Church: you do not read anything about the church in the Old Testament, because it was not revealed. Moses knew nothing about the Church. Though he knew lots of things that God revealed to him, he knew nothing about the church. This great mystery of the incarnation is the crux and the core of the Christian doctrine. Now, the natural man is not equipped to grasp this mystery. It is a mystery over which the rationalists stumble, by which humanists are offended and the whole world is bewildered. Yes, ” To wit, , that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespass unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2nd Corinthians 5:19
A man was shown a red glass bottle full of milk. He was asked what was in the bottle. “Wine? Brandy? Whisky?” He replied questioningly. He could not believe it was filled with milk till he saw the milk poured out from it. The redness of the bottle hid the color of the milk. Dear friends, so is the case with our Lord’s humanity. Men saw Him tired, hungry, suffering, weeping and thought that He was only man. “ He was made in the likeness of men”, and yet He ever is ” God over all blessed for ever.”
To be continued……………………..
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour.