Lesson 4 -- first quarter 2007
December 24, 2006
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Unprecedented. Unparalleled. Unequaled. Unrivaled. Unsurpassed. The religions of Egypt had no scenario to match this extraordinary occurrence. The materialism of Media-Persia made no allowance for such a mind-boggling phenomenon. Even the fabled mythology of Greece never conjured such an incomprehensible happening.
The Almighty dwelt among us! But the plan was so exceptionally simple and unimaginable, most of His own people missed Him. The Creator took the form of the created. The High and Lofty One came down as the most lowly of the humble. The King of Kings became a suffering, unhailed servant. The Glorious Mighty One took on simplicity and weakness.
The reasons make this so historic. He did not come for any temporal gain. He did not come to gratify sensual desires that could be satisfied only in the flesh. He did not come to "make a big splash" or to boost His ego. He did not come to intimidate, threaten, or punish. He came to identify with us. He came to free us. He came to save us and to win us. He came to exalt us and to make us His joint heirs. And He did so by living, suffering, and dying like no one else ever had, ever would, or ever even dreamed of. For me. For you.
If Jesus had not come as He did, He could not have been "like unto his brethren" (Hebrews 2:17). If Jesus had not come as He did, He could not "be touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Hebrews 4:15). If Jesus had not come as He did, He could not have been "in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). If Jesus had not come as He did, He could not have exemplified:
Let us gladly continue in the path blazed by the incarnate God.
"The life was the light of men" -- what does that mean to you?
Why was the Word made flesh?
Why was He not known and received by most?
How should we relate to each other with grace and truth?
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