Day 18 – God Incarnate


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2018 Advent Series – Day 18

This morning, be blessed by this excerpt of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God, from a chapter entitled “God Incarnate”:

 

The Incarnation] is the real stumbling block in Christianity. It is here that Jews, Muslims, Unitarians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and many of those who feel the difficulties concerning the virgin birth, the miracles, the atonement and the resurrection have come to grief. […] But once the Incarnation is grasped as a reality, these other difficulties dissolve.

 

If Jesus had been no more than a very remarkable, godly man, the difficulties in believing what the New Testament tells us about his life and work would be truly mountainous. […] It is not strange that he, Author of life, should rise from the dead. If he was truly God the Son, it is much more startling that he should die than that he should rise again.

 

And if the immortal Son of God did really submit to taste death, it is not strange that such a death should have saving significance for a doomed race. Once we grant that Jesus was divine, it becomes unreasonable to find difficulty in any of this; it is all of a piece and hangs together completely. The Incarnation is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it makes sense of everything else that the New Testament contains.


Come, Thou long expected Jesus!

   Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
   Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
   Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
   Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
   Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
   Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
   Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
   Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
By Thine all sufficient merit,

Raise us to Thy glorious throne!

 


[Note from Tilly: Finding myself pregnant at Christmas for the third time, I’ve committed to do a short advent devotional each weekday of December . They will all be labeled by date and can be found together under the “Advent” subject category.]

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