So the eternal Son of God, without ceasing to be God, took on a fully human nature. This is the incarnation.
And what a magnificent doctrine and fuel for worship this is! Jesus didn’t just become man because he could. He became a man “for us and for our salvation” (in the words of Athanasius). The Word became flesh to save us from our sin and to free us to marvel at and enjoy the unique union of divinity and humanity in his one spectacular person.
The incarnation is not only the way in which Jesus became Immanuel—God with us—but it’s an eternal testimony that he and his Father are unswervingly for us.
15 December 2007
David Mathis on the Incarnation
Posting over at Desiring God Blog, David Mathis posts this concise piece on the Word made flesh (John 1:14):