DayBreaks for 1/29/16 – What the Incarnation Meant to God

DayBreaks for 1/28/16: He Is Thinking of Me Right Now

From the DayBreaks archive, January 2006:

I know, I know, Christmas is over.  But, there’s only 332 shopping days left until it comes again!  We talk about the Incarnation a lot at Christmas time – and we should.  The incarnation was crucial for us – it was the answer to the ageless question of each generation of people since the beginning of time: “What is God like?”  Jesus’ response to the disciples request to show them the Father was essentially this: “Do you see me?  Then you’ve seen God.  If you know what I’m like, you’ll know what God is like, for I am the exact image of the Father.”

So, were it not for the Incarnation, we would still be asking the question that the disciples, and billions of others throughout the history of the world, have asked.  So we find meaning in the Incarnation.

But what of God?  Did the Incarnation have meaning to Him in some way that we might have missed?  I believe so.  In Where is God When It Hurts?, Philip Yancey suggested: “…the Incarnation had meaning for God as well as for us.  Human history revolves around not our experience of God, but His experience of us.  On one level, of course, God understood physical pain, for he designed the marvelous nervous system that warns against harm.  But had he, a Spirit, ever felt physical pain?  Not until the Incarnation…In thirty-three years on earth, Jesus learned about hardship and rejection and betrayal.  And he learned too about pain: what it feels like to have an accuser leave the red imprint of his fingers on your face, to have a whip studded with metal lash across your back, to have a crude iron spike pounded through muscle, tendon, and bone.  On earth, the Son of God learned all that.”

There are other Scriptures that suggest that Jesus learned things while he was here, living through the human experience.  He learned obedience by the things he suffered.  He learned the nauseating sense of fear that can make us all sweat – even if we never sweat drops of blood from the intensity as He did.  When the Spirit of Christ took on flesh, there must have been many things that God felt for the first time.  He bore it all, without sin, not because it was pleasant for Him, but because it was necessary for him to make him into our perfect high priest, able to sympathize with all our human condition.

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Lord, when we hurt it is such a blessing to be able to speak to someone who has felt what we feel, who has endured what we must suffer.  Thank You, for being willing to take on such humiliation, and such pain, so that You would understand us.  Thank You for letting us see Your heart in Jesus on the cross.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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