God clothed in flesh

Today as I pause for a few minutes to think about Christmas, I am in awe that Christ, the Son of God, would take on human flesh.

This concept is a conundrum greater than my finite mind can grasp.

Christ …

with God in the beginning, co-creator-
through Him, all things were made

the radiance of God’s glory
and the exact representation of his being,
… sustaining all things by his powerful word …
(John 1:3, Hebrews 1:3)

This same Christ …

the word became flesh
making himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness
to redeem those under the law,
that we might receive adoption to sonship
(John 1:1, Philippians 2:7, Galatians 4:5)

Christ, by highest Heaven adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
C. Wesley

It was a custom of old among the shepherds; they were wont to clothe themselves with sheep skins, to be more pleasing to the sheep; so Christ clothed Himself with our flesh, that the Divine nature may be more pleasing to us. The human nature is a glass through which we may see the love and wisdom, and glory of God clearly represented to us. Through the lantern of Christ’s humanity, we may behold the light of the Deity shining.

The Biblical Illustrator, Electronic Database.

The Son of God descended from heaven to be conceived miraculously in Mary’s womb – all God, all man – wrapped tightly in a human sac, seemingly powerless, as the babe prepared to enter our world, the very world he created.

Mind-boggling and awe-inspiring!
Glory to the newborn King!

In the incarnation, God became vulnerable to us –
even to death – and yet He loved us so much
that He was glad to do so.

T. Keller


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