The Incarnation of Christ

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Devotion:  Philippians 2:5-11

The Incarnation of Christ is one of the greatest mysteries of the gospel.  The doctrine of the incarnation; teaches that God became man; that Christ was God in the flesh.  He was not one half man and one half God.  The Bible says, He was fully God and fully man.

Christ never denied nor left his deity.  These verses tell us He did not regard equality with God, a thing to be grasped. He willingly gave up all His riches and honor in heaven for our sakes.  He emptied Himself of His glory.  He set His glory aside.

Christ was despised and rejected by men; spit upon and beaten. He did what pleased His Father.  He gave up the use of His Omnipotence.  Jesus could have called ten thousand angels. He didn’t have to die on a criminal’s cross.  He chose to endure the torture for your sake dear reader.

The nature of His humiliation is evident when he became a bond servant.  The word in Hebrew is doulos.  Christ came to be a slave, a servant of the Lord and of sinners.  He associated with sinful people like you and me.

His slavery accomplished salvation for us.  He humbled Himself to the point of death on a cross.  While in the garden, before His crucifixion, He began to feel what was about to come upon Him and He sweat drops of blood.  He begged His Father to “Let this cup pass from Him, but then He said, “Father, not My will but Yours be done.”  This fully God and fully man; Jesus the Christ, absorbed the wrath of God on our behalf.

What a wonderful, glorious, mysterious thing, the Incarnation of Christ.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh God, I stand amazed at what You did for mankind.  I can hardly comprehend this great act of love by a perfect, sinless Savior.  I love You my Lord and my God.  You are God Incarnate! I worship You!  In Jesus Name.  Amen

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