The Word Became Flesh
The Christmas season is the perfect time to consider the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus. However, the truth about His birth sometimes gets lost in our Christmas traditions. In Mark 7:13, Jesus warns against:
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
I believe many of the Christmas traditions we have today distract us from understanding some of the greatest truths in the Bible. These traditions have overwhelmed the real message of Jesus coming to this earth. But I tell you, Jesus becoming a man is the greatest miracle of all.
When considering this miracle, there are two questions I’ve always wondered about: one, why did Jesus have to come to earth; and two, if it was necessary for Him to come, why did God wait four thousand years to get Him here?
To answer the first question, it was a man—a physical human being—who had been given authority on the earth by God. Therefore, it was necessary for a man with a physical body to take back that authority.
God had given absolute dominion to Adam and Eve. He took His power - his right to rule and control the earth - and gave it to physical human beings. In a sense, He excluded Himself from ruling over the earth. I know that’s a new wrinkle in some of your brains, but it’s true, and it answers many questions concerning the sovereignty of God.
The integrity of God causes Him to never violate His Word. So when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He could not violate his Word to save man from the terrible problems that would come from their decisions. Yet God knew it was going to happen and already had a plan in place to reconcile man back unto Himself.
When God created the first man, He said, “Let us make man in our image
” (Gen.1:26). He literally spoke Adam’s body into existence. At that time, He had the legal right to do that because He had not yet given authority over this earth to man.
However, once He had given that authority to man, He could not leave him out of the equation. The last Adam, Jesus, would still have to be spoken into existence by God, but He would have to speak through man.
God was no longer in direct control, and a man would have to become the voice of His words. Psalm 115:16 explains:
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
That is a strong statement. In other words, everything outside of the earth belongs to God, but He gave the earth to the children of man. God literally placed restrictions on Himself through His own words. God had to create the new Adam through words spoken by someone with a physical body.
But what about the second question: why did God wait four thousand years to send Jesus? To answer this question, we need to consider Galatians 4:4, which says, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son.” This means that God had to choose the appropriate moment. Jesus could not come onto the scene until everything that had to be said was said.
For example, it had to be prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin. That was critical because Jesus would not be just a good man—Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. Through Mary, Jesus received a physical body, but it was the blood of God the Father flowing through Him. He was a God-man.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her,
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
- Luke 1:34-35
When Mary asked, “How’s this going to happen,” she wasn’t questioning the possibility, just the how. The angel said the word of God is the incorruptible seed: “All of the words spoken over four thousand years, through hundreds of people, are going to conceive in you.” First Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The Greek word for “seed” in this scripture is spora. It comes from the same root word as sperma, which is talking about the seed of a man. The virgin birth of Jesus was completely natural in every respect except one: it was not the seed of a man. The seed was the Word of God. The Word became flesh! All that had been prophesied about Jesus became the spora, or the seed.
God’s Word is living and alive. His Word is health unto all your flesh and life to them that find it (Prov. 4:22). He sent His Word to heal you and deliver you from destruction. And for those who will place His words in their hearts and allow those seeds to conceive,they will in time see the manifestation of what they believe and speak.
So this Christmas, I hope you’ll take time to step back from some of the traditions that don’t really have anything to do with the miracle of Jesus’ birth and take time to ponder the power of God’s Word becoming flesh. Miracles are waiting for you when you begin to understand the miracle of Jesus’ birth.
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