What Incarnation?! by Caleb H.
December 8, 2008, 7:29 am
Filed under: Culture, Devotions


by Caleb Hancock

As far as I can recall, this is the first time that I have used an old Yosemite Sam play on words for a post title!

However, as we approach the Christmas season, prepare to buy gifts for others, and celebrate the season with the ones we love, let’s look at what an amazing thing it is that we celebrate.

Incarnation is one of those “-tion” words in Christianity that can be talked about incessantly, and yet can be easily neglected. Yet it is a word that can be mined and observed and tasted in order to obtain from it a deeper understanding of the love and grace of our God.

Like many of the important doctrinal words in Christian theology (such as Trinity), “INCARNATION” is not found within the text of scripture. However, it describes the amazing fact that God the Son, Jesus, became a man.

Why? Why would God become a man? To live as our, humanity’s, representative in that he lived without sin, although tempted in every way as we are. But he didn’t just come to show us how it’s done, he came to receive and absorb and exhaust God’s righteous wrath against every believers’ sin and change (propitiate) that wrath into unending and undeserved favor!

How amazing! God became man, to save all who turn from their evil, wicked, sinful thoughts, deeds and words and turn and trust in Christ’s work. This is the reason to celebrate this Christmas season.

I pray that this reminder would fill your heart with joy and your mouth with praise… that God would do this for sinners, for His glory!

Galatians4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.


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I love Christmas.

His humbleness to step down from immortality and take on the flesh of a small child is chilling.

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