God Becomes a Human Being

When God decided to come to the temple and renew covenant with Israel, God decided to come as a human being rather than as a burning bush or an angel. God decided to come in the flesh rather than as a temporary theophany like God’s appearance to Israel in the fire and the cloud. God did not come to the temple in some kind of spiritual or celestial form but in the flesh.

I suppose God could have simply created a fully mature human body and united with it, but God did not intend to simply be a human being but to fully live out a human life. Rather than dropping out of the sky as a fully developed human, God decided to be born, grow, mature, and eventually die. In other words, God intended to fully experience human life from birth to death.

Therefore, the Creator sent the Son, the one through whom God created the world, into the world, and the Son became human through birth, born of a woman named Mary. Ever since, generations have called Mary, blessed and favored by God, as the one through whom the Son of God became flesh and entered the world.

This was the Trinity in action. The Father sends the Son, the Son enters the virgin womb of Mary, and the Spirit is the means by which Mary conceives and gives birth to a human child, who is called the Son of the Most High. This child is both the son of Mary and the Son of God, this one is both human and divine. God became flesh through a woman named Mary.

This does not mean that Jesus is half-God and half-human. On the contrary, the Son who is fully God and the very agent of creation itself became flesh, and as flesh grew into the fullness of human life. Fully God became fully human without ceasing to be God. In this way, God truly and fully identifies with us.

Through a full immersion into the human condition as a human being, God learned to empathize with us. When God became one of us, God fully experienced what it meant to be human, to feel like a human, to struggle as a human, and to experience the limitations all human beings share.

When God became flesh, God chose self-limitation. God, in the person of the Son, lived in a body that was limited by time and space. The Son lived in Galilee and Judea, but not in Asia or North America. The Son lived in a specific time when Roman Emperors oppressed the Mediterranean world. The Son learned what it meant to grow from infancy to childhood, and from childhood to adulthood. The Son grew in wisdom and in years. The Son, as a human being, grew and developed like any other human being.

We know this human being as Jesus, born of Mary, raised in Nazareth, and the cousin of John the Immerser. The two, Jesus and John, will meet in the baptismal waters of the Jordan river.



One Response to “God Becomes a Human Being”

  1.   David W Fletcher Says:

    And I thought apostle John said, “And the Word became a tweet and circulated on zillions of iPhones . . .”

    I remember when I was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana (late 1980s), that the chapel’s parish council wanted to have a series of lessons on marriage and the family to invite non-chapel personnel on base to attend (i.e., outreach). I suggested that there were good video series we could use effectively for such. Several parishioners rebuked this young chaplain by saying, “Chaplain, you don’t understand; we’ve had video series; people don’t come; we’re tired of films, videos, etc.” “What we want is a real, live body, in the flesh, to come and speak to us about marriage and family life.” I told them I had the perfect person for this, if he could come. We invited Paul Faulkner and had a wonderful, in the flesh, series of lessons on marriage and the family.

    Thank God he didn’t send us an email from heaven!
    kai ho logos sarx egeneto kai eskenosen en hemin!

    dwf

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