This is a review of a recent lesson on the Incarnation of Jesus. Instead of just one chapter we will look at a few different texts that describe the circumstances leading up to the birth of Jesus. Our main text is Luke 1:26-38, but compare that with Matthew 1:18-25. Perhaps John 1:14 describes it best: “And the Word (who “was God”, see 1:1) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”.
There are so many questions about the incarnation!
When did Jesus understand His divinity and mission to die as the sinless sacrifice?
How thoroughly was He affected by the flesh? Or another way of thinking about this, in what way (if any) did His divinity enable Him to overcome temptation?
I suppose we will never understand the actual conception. What was Mary’s first response when Gabriel told her she would have a son? How do Luke and Matthew explain the conception?
In our lesson we suggested 3 reasons why the incarnation was necessary:
- So that He could die (Hebrews 2:9).
- So that He could be a merciful and faithful High Priest (Hebrews 2:17).
- So that He could be our example (1 Peter 2:21-23).
In what way are each of these meaningful to you?
Can you think of any additional reasons for the incarnation?
Share your thoughts in the comments section below and join us Wednesday night at 7 for a review of this material!