January 7, 2018
The fourth aspect of the Incarnation of Christ (Jesus) is the Sacrifice of the Incarnation, as we continue with writings from my book, "Did Jesus Just Happen?"
In becoming flesh, Christ made a sacrifice. This aspect of the Incarnation is often overlooked. All the sacrifice was not on the Cross, the Incarnation itself was a part of His sacrifice. Just how much Christ gave up in becoming Incarnate we will never know in this world and more than likely when we arrive in heaven, it will not cross our minds.
Theologians have labored long in answering the question, how much did Christ give up in becoming man? No one yet has been able to fathom the full depth of this mystery, and I do not hope to do so in my human limitations. Without going into the Theological implications of the "Kenosis" of Christ, I will simply emphasize the idea that Christ did make a sacrifice in becoming flesh. The Apostle Paul suggests something of the seriousness of this sacrifice when he points the Philippians to Christ. "Who being in the form of God: thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a Servant, and was made in the likeness of man, and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross." (Phil. 2:6-8)
The climax of His sacrifice was experienced on the Cross, but this was, by no means, all of it. In becoming man, Christ had to give up His majestic position with the Father in glory to become like a servant. He even gave up the independent exercise of some of His Divine prerogatives. He placed upon Himself certain limitations. There were certain things which He did not know in His Incarnate state. He became tired and hungry like other men. These are only a few of the limitations to which He subjected Himself in becoming flesh. There is much more to it than this. The full appreciation of the sacrifice which He made in becoming Incarnate we will never know until we are with Him in heaven. I'm sure, not only me but all of His children have questions we would want answered, however, maybe after ten thousand years we will get around to asking Him certain questions.
We do need to realize that the earthly life of Christ (Jesus) was a sacrifice from the beginning to end. He gave up more than we will every know in order to make possible our Salvation. How can any person turn a deaf ear to the call of such a Sacrificial Redeemer?
Realizing how much He sacrificed for us, the least anyone could do is to accept the offer of Redemption which is made possible by such intensive sacrifice. Christ owed us nothing, but because He loved us, He "became flesh," with all of its attendant sacrifices, that we might have redemption from the condemnation of sin.
It would be most fitting to hear the words of John as recorded in the third chapter,verse 16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Christ (Jesus) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor