by Pastor David Grey
“Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” — Philippians 2:6
The birth of Messiah, born in Bethlehem to the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, gave mankind a baby like no other — a baby who was both fully God and fully man. Incarnation. Though the word does not appear in scripture, it comes from two Latin words, “in” and “caro” (which means flesh). Together they mean “clothed in flesh.” This is exactly what the passage in Philippians says…that God the Son came in flesh.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “The Incarnation, when God became man, was the central event in the very history of the world…the thing that the whole story has been about.”
How true. From the vantage point of God who created all things; who is king of kings and lord of lords, all of history hinges on this pivotal point of the incarnation. The hinge of history is the time Jesus lived and walked among us in the flesh.
Even our calendar is arranged in acknowledgment. Everything prior to the incarnation is referred to as BC (before Christ) and everything following His birth is known as AD, Anno Domini, the Year of our Lord.
Without the incarnation of God, Himself, the whole story of mankind, our separation from God and our own inability to ever be restored, has an inconceivably sad ending.