When God Became Man – Part 1
We are in a season when our culture has Christmas on the mind. Regardless of how or even if people celebrate the holiday, Christmas is a focus for many. Although the early church did not celebrate Christ’s birth, I believe that we can use this season as an avenue to declare why God became man.
Charles Wesley wrote in his great hymn, Hark the Herald Angels Sing:
Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
In order to effectively communicate that Immanuel (Jesus, “The With-Us God”) desires to live in them through the Holy Spirit, we first must understand this truth for ourselves.
Immanuel’s Birth Announcement
- Immanuel had a supernatural birth with a unique parent, the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35; Galatians 4:4
- Immanuel would be the solution to the sin problem. Matthew 1:21; Jeremiah 23:5-7
- Immanuel’s arrival to planet earth was announced 700 years beforehand through the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Micah 5:2
Hark! The herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
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