The Wonder and the Mystery of ‘The Incarnate Deity’
‘God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man’ declared the Hymn writer. The Christmas Story is a message of lavishing, unmerited Love; for God gave us His best when He gave us His Son. Time has not altered the event of over 20 Century’s ago, nor has its memory been dimmed. The Son of God became the Son of Man in order that the Sons and Daughters of men could be born anew to become the Sons and Daughters of God. It was God’s greatest gift to an undeserving, unjust and impoverished world. His wondrous birth brought Heaven down to earth – the mighty omnipotence and Power of God became wrapped up in the Christ Child. But the story does not end there, for as the child grew to adulthood and became the Lord and Saviour to all of mankind, the priceless promises of the Father were revealed and made available to those who acknowledged, that by simple faith, it was possible to rise to higher realms above. “But as many as received Him, to them he gave power to become the Sons of God” (John 1:12).
Many years ago, I had the opportunity whilst on a tour of Israel to enjoy a short stay in Galilee. It turned out for me to be one of the most enriching experiences of the pilgrimage. For nestling by the slopes of Lake Galilee stand the excavated remains of a once important centre – Capernaum. As I stood and gazed upon the stones that once echoed with His voice, the words of Jesus came to mind, for He had predicted its downfall. Its ruins are a poignant reminder to us all that to resist the truth at a season of divine visitation is to risk rejection. It was on the slopes of this beautiful Lakeside that Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God with great ‘Authority and Power’ – Authority, so that men hesitated to question His doctrine – Power, so that every man felt the force of the truth. It was here at Capernaum that they witnessed His miracles; that lives were changed, bodies healed and demons cast out. Jesus was to bring with him into Galilee revelations of a brand new life in the spirit, with a demonstration of ‘Power and Authority’ never to be equalled – one that would not only transform lives, but would redirect the course of history.
From the very beginning, God designed life to evolve around Christ, for apart from him, life has no real meaning and direction. If the Christmas Story of the birth of Christ revealed to all mankind God’s eternal plan, then Calvary was the true external evidence of it. Revelations 13:8 makes it clear that the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world, and again in 2 Timothy 1:9, that our God had made redemptive plans before the world was made. The Poet John Milton wrote: “He laid aside; and here with us to be, forsook the courts of everlasting day, and chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay”.
The Christmas Season is a time that is held to commemorate the birth of God’s Son; an important time window in our annual calendar. Let’s recognise like never before that the birth of this Christ Child, around two millennium ago, was God’s greatest gift to a fallen world, and it was to be from the manger to the cross. So let the words of the hymn writer permeate our beings as we dwell on the wonders of the ‘Incarnate Deity’.
“Christians awake, salute the happy morn, whereon the Saviour of the world was born; rise to adore the mystery of Love, which hosts of angels chanted from above; with them the joyful tidings first begun of God incarnate and the Virgins Son”
Multiple Blessings on you all
Jack has been a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church for 34 years, spending many of those years in leadership. He lives in Lancashire, UK, and has recently celebrated 60 years as being a Christian! Find our more about Jack and the story behind Jack’s corner: Treasures of the Word here.