6 • The Incarnation of God—God Becoming Man
There are many stories in the history of the world of people who have claimed to be God or who have been believed to be God. Some world leaders have even believed themselves to be gods, like the Roman Emperors 2000 years ago (e.g. Emperor Nero and Domitianus) and others in more recent history in Japan and North Korea. All these claims and stories are just fables or misconceptions put out by deceived lunatics to refute the truth. The God of Israel in Isaiah 46:9 says: ‘For I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me’. The devil (God’s enemy) is not called the deceiver for nothing! (Revelation 20:7; John 8:44).
There are more than three hundred prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament (God’s Book) and they were all fulfilled in and by just one person—Jesus Christ. They all came true in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When the right time finally came, God announced the coming birth of the Savior of the world. Jesus Christ was to be born in Israel. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, by the virgin Mary, about two thousand years ago. This is recorded in the books of Matthew (1:21-25) and in Luke (2:26-38). It is written in Matthew 1:23, “Behold the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and He shall be called Immanuel”, which is translated, ‘God with us.'”
His birth was foretold by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-27). The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” There was no sexual union between Mary and her fiancé Joseph. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary and impregnated her womb without any sexual union. God just spoke the word and it was done. God became a human being in this way about two thousand years ago! The Bible says and Christians believe that God is one God, but that He reveals Himself in three Persons simultaneously. Jesus’ followers don’t believe in three gods, but in one God in three persons (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7). Mary is not and was not God. God didn’t have sexual relations with Mary, because God is Spirit. To the limited human mind these things are incomprehensible but should be accepted by faith. Isaiah 55:6, 7 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
In the account of Genesis, when God made the heavens and the earth, it is written, ‘let Us make’ (Genesis 1:27). Also, when God scattered the nations and created different languages at the Tower of Babel after the global flood, God said, ‘let Us go down’ (Genesis 11:5). Also, when Jesus was to be baptized by John before his public ministry the Holy Spirit came upon him in the form of a dove and a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16,17). These Scriptures prove that there is more than one Person in the Godhead. In Colossians 2:9, it is written, ‘…for in Him (Jesus Christ) dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily’. God becoming a man is what Christmas is all about. Jesus’ followers celebrate the ‘Incarnation’ (God becoming human) of God the Son during Christmas. God became a human being! God became a baby! This miraculous event was ordained by God within the Godhead before the world began (1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8). The purpose of the incarnation was the perfect, sinless life and atoning sacrifice and death of Jesus.
Reality to consider: God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and therefore He purposed that Jesus Christ would be born to save those who believe in Him, from the power of sin and death. As the Angel of God said, when Jesus was born, in Matthew 1:21: ‘You shall call His name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’
Read: Isaiah 46:9,10; Revelation 20:7; John 8:44; Matthew 1:21-25; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:26,27; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:18,19; 1 John 5:7; Isaiah 55:6,7; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 11:5; Matthew 3:16,17; Colossians 2:9; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8; Matt 1:21.