We will be at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson, MO, March 5th for a Revelation Marathon. Then we will be at the First Baptist Church in Dumas, Texas for a four day Book of Revelation Bible Conference, and then at First Baptist Church in Minco for a four day Book of Revelation Bible Conference. Please pray for us.
WHY DID GOD BECOME MAN?
By © Charles Massegee
In addition to setting an example for us, in humility and obedience, there are at least four other reasons God became man. These four reasons explain how Jesus can be completely God and at the same time be completely man. The miracle of the incarnation of Christ is explained in John 1:1. The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word (that’s Jesus Christ), and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” In John 1:14, the Bible goes on to say, “And the Word (that’s Jesus Christ) became flesh and dwelt among us.” Why did God become man? Why would God confine Himself to a natural body, a baby’s body of all things, and subject Himself to such humiliation, limitation and total dependence on others to meet His needs. Why did God strip Himself of all appearances of deity and become a nobody. I would like to share with you four reasons.
First, God Became Man to Make an Invisible God Visible.
The Bible says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross”, Philippians 2:5-8.
This verse gives us one of the clearest and most dynamic statements of Jesus being completely God and at the same time being completely man that can be found in the Bible. In context the Apostle Paul is encouraging Christians to think like Christ was thinking when He humbled Himself and became man. Christ did nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind. The Apostle Paul is exhorting Christians to be likeminded, to love one another, to be humble and lowly and esteem others better than themselves.
Jesus Christ was in the “form” of God before His body was born. He has always been the Son of God. “Son” in the case of Jesus Christ does not mean a male offspring of a human being such as you and me. It means a person deriving from a formative agent, like a nation, a school, or a race. In the case of Jesus Christ He was derived from God the Father. When His body was born and He took on Himself the “form” of man He became the Son of man. When the Bible talks about Him being the Son of God He is talking about Jesus being God and His heavenly job description. When the Bible talks about Him being the Son of man He is talking about Jesus being man and His earthly job description. He became the God-Man.
Among the many examples two stands out in my mind. Both are in the Book of Daniel. In Daniel 3:25 when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were bound and were cast into the fiery furnace and Nebuchadnezzar went to check on them, he saw four people. One was in the form of the SON OF GOD. I must say again, Jesus Christ had a physical form before He was born.
The second example is found in Daniel 7:13, where Jesus is coming again to set up His earthly kingdom. Jesus referred to this passage when He was under oath at His trial before the Sanhedrin. “Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? Jesus said, I am. And you will see THE SON OF MAN sitting at the right hand of the POWER, and coming with the clouds of heaven,” Mark 14:61-62. Jesus Christ makes an invisible God visible.