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A Womb Carried God

Today, let’s grapple with the idea of eternal God coming as a baby. Why did Jesus need to come as an infant rather than fully grown? Why couldn’t an angel take on the job of redeeming mankind?

Why did Jesus have to come as a God-Man?  

Hebrews 1 describes Jesus as the eternal God. Jesus existed before the Bethlehem birth, His coming was not only foretold by Old Testament prophets, but was foreordained as an eternal decree.

[box]God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power . . . 

But of the Son He says, ‘YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM . . . (Hebrews 1:1-8). [/box]

Please stop and think about those words a minute. He upholds all things by His power, His throne is eternal, He is the all powerful living God—but He entrusted Himself to be carried in the womb of a young teenage girl.

Carrying God to full term. Imagine that! 

[box]Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:14-17)[/box]

These verses answer why Jesus came as a man and not an angel, but also why He came as a baby. In order to make sufficient payment for mankind’s sins (“to make propitiation”) He had to be in the form of man; an angel could not serve as a sacrifice in mankind’s place.

He had to come through the womb in order to “be made like His brethren in all things.”

In order for Jesus to fully experience all of humanity’s existence, He had to gestate in the womb, push against Mary’s expanding rib cage, and make that uncomfortable journey squeezing through the birth canal.

Jesus’ humiliation began much earlier than the cross, it began in the womb.  

Eternal God—born as a babe.

Astounding truth—Amazing God!

2 Comments

  • Vicki

    Hi Kim,

    I’m recovering from surgery to remove a ruptured appendix so am just getting caught up on some of your posts. This one especially resonated with me because my mind has been following the same track…

    After surgery, and while lying in the hospital, I had absolutely no desire to read. But I had a lot of time to think! Also, because of surgery, I was very aware of my abdomen! 🙂 Having just worked through the first week of Advent, Jesus’ first coming was also on my mind. During those days lying in bed it became so real to me that God – GOD – GOD!!! humbled Himself not only to the death on the cross, but to start that journey as a tiny speck in the womb of a woman! Oh wow! What would it be like to go from the glories of Heaven and open, infinite space to a cramped, totally dark, suffocating place? Was He aware? The incarnation is amazing grace, indeed!! What a God!!!!!

    Thank you again for all your sweet insights. I hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas and a wonderfully blessed new year! Maybe we’ll see Him face to face in 2014!

    Love,
    Vicki

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Dear Vicki,

    Wow, so sorry to hear about your surgery. A ruptured appendix is serious . . . so thankful you are in recovery mode now! I can relate to some of what you’re sharing due to your hospital stay. It seems that physical pain and trauma provides us with a greater understanding of our Savior’s graciousness. When we consider that He knew the physical trials He would face, yet He CHOSE to come and walk among us, minister to us, and finally shed His blood for us.

    I’m pausing to pray for you now, friend. May you be strengthened, encouraged, and fully restored to health soon!

    Praying you have a joyous, Christ-filled Christmas season, and yes, what a wonderful thought . . . if we could see Him face to face this year!