December 17, 2023

Over the last two Sundays, as we’ve considered the question, “Who does Jesus say that He is?” we’ve been reminded of two great extremes. He is the eternal Son, co-equal with the Father in essence, in all things pre-eminent. And in the fullness of time he took on flesh and condescended to become a man, humbling himself to the point of death on a cross. Fully God. Fully man.

This Sunday we will marvel at how, Jesus is now and forever the God-man, the Word made flesh. We needed Him to be both. Consider this reflection from J. C. Ryle.

I see a marvelous proof of love and wisdom — in the union of two natures in Christ’s person. It was marvelous love in our Savior to condescend to go through weakness and humiliation for our sakes, ungodly rebels as we are. It was marvelous wisdom to fit Himself in this way to be the very Friend of friends, who could not only save man — but meet him on his own ground.

I want one able to perform all things needful to redeem my soul. This Jesus can do, for He is the eternal Son of God. I want one able to understand my weakness and infirmities, and to deal gently with my soul, while tied to a body of death. This again Jesus can do, for He was the Son of man, and had flesh and blood like my own. Had my Savior been God only — I might perhaps have trusted Him — but I never could have come near to Him without fear. Had my Savior been Man only — I might have loved Him — but I never could have felt sure that He was able to take away my sins. 

But, blessed be God, my Savior is God as well as Man — and Man as well as God. God, and so able to deliver me — Man, and so able to feel with me. Almighty power and deepest sympathy are met together in one glorious Person, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Surely a believer in Christ has a strong consolation. He may well trust, and not be afraid.

 ~ J.C. Ryle, Holiness

This Sunday Fred Sanders will be preaching on the full humanity of Jesus from John 1:14 (among other passages) and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Please pray for each as they prepare.

See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

Manger Throne by Phil Wickham

Glory be to You alone
King who reigns from a manger throne
My life, my praise, everything I own
To Jesus the King on a manger throne