And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35 ESV)
According to John 1:1, the Word is a divine being, the second person of the Trinity. And scripture is clear: “God is not a man” (Numbers 23:19 ESV). Yet, God, the Word, became a human being, and we call the Man Jesus. As any human being, He came into the world through three phases: conception, pregnancy, and delivery.
The most stupendous, unexpected, and unfathomable event that ever occurred since God created heaven and earth is the conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb(the incarnation). At His conception, God took upon Him human nature; the Creator clothed Himself with creaturely attire. As I have often insisted, the Word becoming flesh in John 1:14 does not mean Jesus merely took on a human body. No! He became a human being, as human as any other human being—spirit, soul, and body.
After the incarnation, Jesus had to develop in the womb as any other baby, depending entirely on His mother for nutrition, support, and nurturing. Though under the watchful eyes of the Father, the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy were as natural as any other pregnancy.
Similarly, Jesus was born through the normal stages of labor. The Father did not commission an angel as a heavenly midwife to deliver Jesus instantaneously and supernaturally. Mary went through the labor process and gave birth to her baby Boy that first Christmas—not knowing the baby she coddled was Elohim, the God who created everything in heaven and earth!
Would Jesus be considered human if He had a human body, but His human spirit was the Holy Spirit?
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It is no wonder the angels are still yearning to look at the salvation history (1 Peter 1:12). They were as perplexed as the people in Jesus’ day to see God in the flesh. Celebrate your Savior!
Thank the Lord for coming a long way to save us.
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