In the FleshJuly 1, 2023 2023-07-01 7:59
In the Flesh
In the Flesh
The Greatest Miracle…
We are coming up on Christmas, celebrating the greatest miracle to ever happen in the history of mankind. The birth of God as a man from the womb of a virgin. The Holy Spirit has named for us the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, God the Father, and Jesus the Son are titles to help us understand their relationship and to help us understand the love of God. The Bible says that God is spirit (John 4:24). And there is no Mother and Jesus, in His glorified state, was never conceived. He is God as much as the Father is God and the Holy Spirit. He has always been (John 1:1). The birth of Christ to Mary was a transformation, a humbling of deity to the form of a babe in the flesh. Jesus had to come in the flesh. It was imperative to the plan of salvation for mankind. This brings us to the Verse of the Day:
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus had to come in the flesh…
He not only became flesh, but He also had to come in the flesh to fulfill the plan of God to rescue mankind from itself. When Adam sinned, the Bible says that God allowed sin to corrupt all of mankind. Adam represented every human being ever to be born. Because He sinned, we all sin (Romans 3:23). This might seem unfair to the rest of us. Maybe, we should have all had the opportunity to choose as Adam did, but we don’t get that choice. We may choose to sin, but none of us outside of Adam and Eve ever chose to be sinful.
The sinfulness of mankind has brought with its selfishness and severe pain. From the first murder of Abel by his brother Cain in the first family to the hatred, wickedness, greed, lasciviousness, and perversion that we see now. Truly the iniquity of our fathers and forefathers have been passed down to every generation and the god of this world, Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4) has been destroying lives from the beginning. Who will rescue us from this madness?
We focus so often on the love of God, but we mustn’t ever forget that God is a Judge. He is THE Judge of eternity. As a judge, He is righteous. He doesn’t allow wickedness to go unpunished. The punishment for sin was laid out before Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit. It was death, physical and spiritual death. Spiritual death encompasses all that destroys the joy, love, peace, wisdom, and power of God at work in our lives. The Judge cannot simply commute our sentence when the evidence is clear that we have all sinned. The Good News is that God made Adam the representative of the entire human race. He allowed Adam, one man, to represent us all. Adam failed, but there would come another man. His name is Jesus.
No one but Jesus…
God knew that no man would ever be able to remain without sin so He became the man that none of us could ever be. The Judge could not commute our sentence, but He could bring forth another man, like Adam, to again represent all of mankind and put the punishment of man onto the shoulders of this one man. In the way, the Judge is maintaining consistency and righteousness, but in His wisdom and love, He gives a pathway to salvation for any who will accept it. This is why Jesus HAD to come in the flesh. Man needed a representative to undo what had been done in the Garden.
Adam’s choice in the Garden of Eden was undone by Jesus, the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-48) in the Garden of Gethsemane.
In this season, we not only celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, but we celebrate the wisdom of God to let all of mankind be represented by one man in Adam and again in Jesus. And we celebrate the love of God willing to humble himself by taking on the flesh of man born of a woman so that the righteousness of God could be maintained and the souls of men could be saved. Glory, glory to God in the Highest!
There was no other way for man to be saved but Jesus come in the flesh. Everything we have from God was only made possible by this, God’s greatest miracle.
May the Lord bless you in this season. Let’s never forget that Jesus is the Reason for the season!
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Pastor Lee is a pastor and Biblical life coach. He has been helping people through counseling, pastoring, teaching, and preaching for 20+ years. His ministry focuses on helping people overcome the strongholds of the past and press on into God’s plan for an abundant life. He has been married to his wife, Amy for 28 years. He has three sons and one daughter-in-love. For more about Pastor Lee or to get some Biblical advice, go to the About page.