This is one of a series of posts dealing with the question “What do Christians actually believe concerning the man Jesus?”. To answer this question, I’m going to explain his earthly ministry in 5 steps: He became a man, He lived a perfect human life, He died on the cross, He resurrected from the dead, and He ascended to the heavens. Over the course of five weeks I will be covering each one of these steps in detail.
I posted a couple of weeks ago about how God created man as a container. But, when man sinned, God could no longer come into man (otherwise man would have lived forever in a fallen condition). So what did God do to get into man? He was born a human.
The virgin, Mary, conceived a child of the Holy Spirit. This baby, Jesus, was a man, but He was a man filled with God.
This is very likely one of the most miraculous things in the entire universe. Jesus, in His divinity, was God Himself. But that must mean that God Himself came into a virgin and was born. He lived a normal human life (I’ll touch more on that next week). God, to whom all things were possible, actually became a little baby and became fully dependent on His mother for everything.
There are two aspects of His coming:
1. God Himself became a man:
John 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
2. The man Jesus was sent from God:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life
This may seem confusing, but the greek word for from in John 1:14 is translated more literally as from-with. So Jesus, the man was actually God in His divinity, but was also sent by God in His humanity. Yeah. I know. A bit confusing. But the more you read the Bible and the more you pray about these things, the more they start to make sense. It is important to point out that to accomplish salvation for all the humans on the Earth, Jesus was required to be both God and man. This is because God required the death of a man in order to accomplish the forgiveness of sins, but in order for this death to remain effective for all eternity, it had to be the death of God.
So He can be called a God-man.
I would also like to point out at this point that there is absolutely no proof whatsoever that Jesus was born on the 25th of December. Actually, we can be pretty sure of this because the Catholic church wanted to incorporated the Roman pagan celebration Saturnalia into a Christian holiday so that more Romans would convert. All of the Christmas traditions and everything also have absolutely nothing to do with Christ either. They have been simply incorporated into Christmas over the years to try to gain converts.
For this reason, I do not, never have, and never intend to, celebrate Christmas. Am I grateful that Jesus was born? Yes. Absolutely. I cannot even describe how grateful I am. But the thing is, I can thank Him at any time. I don’t have to set aside one particular day.