The incarnation is good news—grounded in history—that God became truly human in Christ. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. In the incarnation, we see that God is not distant, but has plunged himself into the world—not merely as a visitor on a day pass—but by becoming one of us.
The incarnation of the Son of God, in the words of Graham Cole, “ought to fill us with humble wonder.” Why humble wonder? For God did not merely send a prophet, priest, or king, but the Son who both perfectly embodies and transcends all three! God did not merely ‘dip his toe’ into humanity for a brief moment, but continues to be embodied at God’s right-hand today (Jesus didn’t jettison his body at the ascension!).
As we approach Christmas, we’ll spend four weeks exploring the spectacular beauty, theological richness, and glorious implications of the incarnation.