Incarnation: God becomes man

Incarnation: God becomes man. Every Seven years the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24, the day Christian’s refer to as Christmas eve. This surprises many since Advent is looking forward to the arrival of baby Jesus.

So this would be the night Joseph could find no room at the inn, and settled for a stable to greet the Creator of everything!

What is an Incarnation?

So, let us focus on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. What is an Incarnation? Why is it important to us? The word, “Incarnation” is capitalized when it refers to Jesus Christ. The dictionary meanings are:

(1): the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ

(2): the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form.

Or literally “in carne” as in chili con carne or chili with meat or that is Jesus appeared in meat, today we might say Jesus came down from heaven to be “in the flesh”!

When did Jesus become divine?

Some people ask when did Jesus become divine? Was it when Mary first conceived? Perhaps, when He was first born? Or maybe when he was Baptized? Was it after He fasted for forty days with the devil’s attempts to lead Him into sin? Or perhaps when He died on the cross or rose from the grave?

We read In the Gospel of John 1:1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jesus was clearly, divine before he was born, because the “Word” was with God in the beginning. Mary’s cousin Elizabeth said the baby in her womb ‘jumped for joy’ in the presence of Mary’s baby!

You can read about it in Luke 1:41. John the Baptist from his mother’s womb recognized Jesus also in his mother’s womb! Recognition! Reaction! Jesus, divine, in the womb! From Conception Jesus was divine and being knit together in Mary’s womb.

Psalm 139:12–16 (NASB95):

12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,

And the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;

You wove me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;

And in Your book were all written

The days that were ordained for me,

When as yet there was not one of them.

Jesus was always divine!

Jesus never changed his divine status. He did, however, assume a physical body according to Paul’s letter to the Philippians in chapter 2.

So somehow, someway Jesus was fully divine and fully human except for the one thing that separates us from God, a sinful nature.

God loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus into this world to show us the way to live and the truth to base our morals, ethics and understanding of the true nature of God upon. Jesus is the only one who can reconcile humanity (flesh) with God.

At Christmas we rejoice in our divine Savior

This Christmas eve, we rejoice that our divine Savior is born into this world with the mission to save us from our sins, restore our relationship with the divine, and to give us His eternal Life!

Let us also remember the Incarnation is more than a word, it is the Word of God made flesh.

Let us adore Him today, tomorrow and every day. Have a blessed Christmas!