Every week our study is prompting us to worship God, and each week we focus on an attribute or description of God. This week we are looking at “God Incarnate.”
“Incarnate” means “in human form.” Jesus’ genealogy and the account of his birth show us that Jesus came to this earth as a human. He never stopped being God, but he chose to live in our world in a human body. As a boy, he grew physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you [Mary], and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35 Amplified)
Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). (John 1:14 Amplified)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family]. (Galatians 4:4-5 Amplified)
God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:2-4 NLT)
Think about this for a few moments. How does it make a difference in your life to know that God lived on earth as a human?
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”
Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin’s womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.
–Charles Wesley, 1739
I’m sure you recognized the poem as a Christmas carol. Which phrases described the Incarnation—God coming to earth as a human?
Which other phrases caught your attention?
Next, we’re looking at a practical way to follow Jesus.