Marvelous Incarnation

John 1:1-14

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God.

14 So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. (NLT)

This message was preached December 8, 2002 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at toulonbaptist.com  

For this we have no illustration. For if a man would give up his kingdom it would still not compare. Were an heiress give up her fortune it would still not compare. There is nothing to compare with the God of the universe, the creator of all that we see, to become a man, to become as the creature He had created.

But yet here it is. It is the stuff the Christmas Story is made of.

Of all the marvels of God, such as His immensity, His externality, His omniscience to know the future as He knows the past. Of all these things, the incarnation amazes me more than them all.

That God would condescend to man. That God would subject Himself to all Jesus did in order to win a wayward rebel people.

  1. That God would become a man:
    1. Rom. 8:3 The law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. (NLT)
    2. God taking on flesh.
      1. Heb 2:14-18

14 Because God's children are human beings-- made of flesh and blood-- Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.

15 Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

16 We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels.

17 Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.

18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. (NLT)

  1. The creator becoming like the created.
  2. God who created Adam became the second Adam. 1 Cor. 15:47
  1. The humility of the incarnation
    1. We would expect a super being.
      1. He no doubt would dazzle them with His powers.
      2. He would defeat whole armies single handed.
      3. He would show no compassion to those who openly opposed Him.
      4. In an age of super stars, and super heros of today, what does a babe born in a manger have to offer a culture that honors power rather than meekness.
    2. We would expect Him to behave like a king.
      1. He should live in a palace, not sleep out under the stars.
      2. He should wear a royal robe not that of a common man.
    3. We would not expect Him to serve but to be served.
      1. Matt 20:28 For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." (NLT)
      2. Luke 22:27 Normally the master sits at the table and is served by his servants. But not here! For I am your servant. (NLT)
    4. We would not expect Him to sacrifice but other to sacrifice for Him.
      1. Phil 2:7-8 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross. (NLT)
      2. Heb 2:9 What we do see is Jesus, who "for a little while was made lower than the angels" and now is "crowned with glory and honor" because he suffered death for us. Yes, by God's grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world. (NLT)
  2. Jesus turned society upside down.
    1. Phil 2:7-8 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross. (NLT)
    2. He left us the greatest example of humility the world has ever known.
    3. He has shown us what sacrifice is all about.
    4. He has called us to walk even as He walked.

1 Tim 3:16 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. (NKJ)