The infinite became the infant

Friday December 27, 2019 Written by Published in Church Talk

Word of the Father made flesh, says Orometua Vakaroto Ngaro of Avarua Ekalesia.

 

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14) (KJV)

At the beginning of history, God spoke everything into existence, both the universe and the earth.

Through the power of His word everything was created from nothing. According to the Genesis 1:1, the Hebrew word created is “bara” and it means to create something out of nothing.

The Apostle John declared Christ as the Word in his gospel, and the same Word became a Person and that Person was Jesus Christ. He was spoken of as the eternal Word.

With reference to His Father, He is the only entity in existence, the reason for whose existence is in Himself. All other entities and quantities have the reason of their existence outside of themselves.

Jesus is also the Word that was with the Father at the beginning of time from eternity to eternity. The one born as a baby in Bethlehem is therefore no ordinary mortal.

He is not just the greatest of all prophets and teachers. He is the Word of the Father made flesh. He is God with skin on. He is the infinite become an infant. In Jesus, Yahweh has come to camp out among us. The beloved disciple and those with him, lived and walked with Jesus, the Word, and they saw God’s glory in His human flesh. They knew that Jesus is the only Son by nature; that He is one of our kind, and unique. Therefore, without Jesus, we would still be spiritual orphans, separated from the Father’s love.

The Christmas story unveils to us a better picture through the visit of the angel to the shepherds out in the field announcing the greatest message to mankind.

For one thing, the most important statement to be made about Jesus is mindboggling: He is both God and man. For another, the doctrines of Christ’s person pass quickly and inevitably into the area of Christ’s work. So it is impossible to talk meaningfully about who Jesus is without also talking about what he did and about the importance of that for us.

Why did Jesus become man? The answer to that question, as we will see, is that Jesus became man in order to die for those who were to believe in him.

Such an answer deals with the work of Christ and could therefore properly be considered later, in the section on Christ’s work. But it belongs here also, for the work of Christ relates closely to who he is, and the question “What did He did” inevitably requires an explanation of his unique nature as the God‑man.

We might say that the nature of Christ gives meaning to his work. And his work, centered in the atonement, is the only proper foundation for a doctrine of his Person. It is also the basis of our Christianity.

This is the deepest and most decisive thing we can know about Him and in answering the questions which it prompts we are starting from a basis in experience.

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