In the beginning was the Word. In the beginning, He spoke and created the world. And it was good, very good.
But I chose to worship the created thing rather than the Creator. I turned to my own way, leaning on my own understanding, esteeming the riches of Egypt as more desirable than the One from whose hand all blessings flow.
My garments are stained with sin. The glory radiating from our God is a light that would destroy me, a creature of the darkness. I cannot approach Him; I am cut off; I am separated from Life. My soul has sinned; it will die.
But God, who is rich in mercy, has not left me without hope. He has promised a Seed that will crush the serpent’s head. He has promised a Son, born of a Virgin, whose name shall be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, God with Us.
I watched through the centuries for my Savior to come. Men rose and fell. Heroes were born, and died. But all sinned and fell short of the glory of God. There was none righteous; no, not one. We all went astray. We all were under the law of sin and death.
And I despaired, for I saw no one to save. But God saw, too. And when He saw that there was no intercessor, He Himself stretched out His arm to save.
I rejoiced in the Lord, the Righteous, the Just, the Holy; sin could not touch Him, and He would not fall. Yet still I was lost. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. The wages of sin must be paid. And the eternal God could neither bleed nor die.
So the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He humbled Himself to enter this world through the process of birth. He became a helpless baby, along with all that entails. He dwelt among us as one of us, and so we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in all points as we are, and yet was without sin.
Satan had nothing in Him. But though He was found without fault, He was crucified. And because He was man, He bled. And because He was man, He died.
But it was impossible for death to hold Him! He triumphed over the grave, and has been exalted to His rightful place at the right hand of the Father. He is Lord; He is God!
Lift your head and rejoice! The Savior has come, the Intercessor between God and man, and He is able to save to the uttermost!
This is part four of a study of the Gospel I’m doing with Grace over at Following Him Beside Still Waters! The theme this time was “The Incarnation.” This was inspired primarily by Isaiah 9:6, John 1:14, and Hebrews 9:22. Check out what Grace did for part four here: Jesus Is The Word And The Lord
May your hearts be filled with joy in our Jesus!
Blessings in Him,