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 did He need to come in flesh, couldn’t an angel take on the job of redeeming us?
Why did Jesus have to come as a God-Man?
Hebrews 1 describes Jesus as the eternal God. Jesus existed before the Bethlehem birth (and please stress that to your children during Advent), He has always been and always will be. But although He is eternal, He stepped into time to rescue us. 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 as a child in order to “be made like His brethren in all things.”
In order to rescue us, God had to take on flesh.
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!
Have you shared this exciting news with anyone today?