God came down: an exploration of the incarnation

cross-106416_640Psalm 18:9: He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.

God came down, touched down on earth as God the Son about 2000 years ago. The prophets spoke about it, of the salvation of God that would be revealed on earth (Isaiah 52:10, Zechariah 9:9-11, Isaiah 45:22-23). John gave a testimony about him: he said we beheld his glory as of the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:12-17).

Mary was the channel, for the coming of the Son of God; the Spirit of God came upon Mary and Jesus was conceived without the agency of a man (Luke 1:35).

Years before, Isaiah had prophesied: unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given, who will be called Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6). He also prophesied that a virgin will give birth to a child, and the name shall be called Emmanuel, meaning God with us (Isaiah 7:14). That was something beyond the scope of man’s thoughts or imagination. It was the marked divine undertaking for all ages.

Through the incarnation, God took the initiative to draw close to man, to bridge the gap between himself and man caused by the sin of Garden of Eden. The bible said that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting our sins against us (2Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus said that he did not come to the world to condemn/judge the world but that through him, we would be saved (John 3:16-17).

He came with a salvation mandate. He was given the name Jesus because he came to save us from our sins, from the dominion and eternal consequences of it (Matthew 1:21). Jesus because the conduit of the blessing (life and joy) of God to the earth through his righteousness, after the sin of man resulted in judgement (death and pain). Paul said that through the sin of one man, sin reigned over many unto death, so also through the righteousness of a man (Jesus) many were made righteousness (Romans 5:12-21).

Abraham was blessed by God (Genesis 12:1-3). But the question is: how would that blessing spread to all men? All men can be blessed in the blessing of Abraham by associating with Jesus the one who has the title of being the seed of Abraham. The promise to Abraham is that all the nations of the world will be blessed through his seed (Genesis 22:16-18). Paul said that seed is Jesus (Galatians 3:15-29).

The qualification is to believe in Jesus and become born again (John 3:3) into heavenly blessings (Ephesians 1:3). There is a new covenant was made in the blood of Jesus (Matthew 26:27-28, Romans 4:4-9), which rendered obsolete the previous covenant. They are mere shadows of the new covenant.

When God came down on the earth, the world was in darkness. Matthew defined the manifestation of Jesus as light in darkness (Matthew 4:16). He said: a people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.

The operation of the devil is described as darkness. In the book of psalms we read: the dark places of the earth are full of the habitation of wickedness (Psalm 74:20, Ephesians 6:10-12). The kingdom of Satan was called the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13), because the rule of the devil is made possible through massive delusion, ignorance and deception. He could not get Adam and Eve to do his will, if he did not practise deception (Genesis 3).

Of Jesus it was said that in him was light and the light was the light the light of men (John 1:1-12); the light shines in darkness (the place of the devil) and the darkness did not overcome it. He is the light. Jesus came with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38), setting people free from the oppression of the devil. He came with the mandate to declare freedom from what hinders people.

He said: the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to declare the year of jubilee, freedom from everyone, freedom from the hold off darkness for those who believe (Luke 4:18).

Jesus said: “as long as I am in the world I am the light of the world,” when he was about to heal the eyes of a man born blind (John 9). He said the man was born blind not because he committed any sin or his parents committed any sin, but so that God will be glorified. Jesus was on earth to glorify the Father (John 17:4).

Jesus came to shine the light of heaven on earth, to bring the reality of heaven to bear on earth. John wrote no one has been to heaven, but the only begotten of the father has declared him (John 1:18).

In a prophecy given by Malachi, we read that the Sun of righteousness (Jesus) rises with healing in his wings on us, and we shall break forth to trample on the enemy, crush his works (Malachi 4:1-3). Jesus said that he has given us authority to trample on snake and scorpion and the overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). He came to mentor us in the divine life.

God came down in an ultimate showdown with the devil (who was called the god of this world [2Corinthians 4:4]), to dislodge him from his pedestal, to mess him up through the cross (Colossians 2:14-15). By killing Jesus, the devil opened the door to the underworld to the Lord of life, and there was pandemonium there, and the defeat of the devil, in his home turf, with Jesus collecting the key of death and hell, which the devil had (Revelation 1:18, Hebrews 2:14).

In the Old Testament, God came down in the Garden of Eden, but that privilege was lost because of the sin of man. He came down to visit Abraham, as a part of the friendship, declaring that he will have a son through aged Sarah the next year and he informed him of his plan for Sodom and Gomorrah because Lot, his nephew was there (Genesis 18). To Moses, God said that he has come down to rescue the children of Israel, after many years of bondage (Exodus 3:6-10). But in the New Testament, God had come on the earth twice; once in Jesus; now God is on the earth in the Holy Spirit, who has the mandate to glorify Jesus (John 16:13-14).

 

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