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    INCARNATION

    The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.

    Martin Luther, Table Talk.


    Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited thought that he was their ruler. One time he visited a very poor man who lived in a cellar. He ate the coarse food the poor man ate. He spoke cheerful, kind words to him. Then he left. Later he visited the poor man again and disclosed his identity by saying, "I am your king!" The king thought the man would surely ask for some gift or favor, but he didn't. Instead he said, "You left your palace and your glory to visit me in this dark, dreary place. You ate the course food I ate. You brought gladness to my heart! To others you have given your rich gifts. To me you have given yourself!"

    God is willing to make most any accommodation to have fellowship with us. Even becoming human.

    Brett Blair, Sermon Illustrations, 1999.


    Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and music, and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poor substitute of looking into the beloved's face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speak? Christ by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father.

    C.S. Lewis.


    Devotional & Commentary

    If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
    If your greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
    If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
    If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
    But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.

    Source Unknown.


    Purposes of the incarnation:
    - To do the Father's will (Jn 6:38),
    - To bear witness to the truth (Jn 18:37),
    - To bring light to the darkness (Jn 12:46),
    - To bring true judgment (Jn 9:39),
    - To bring  abundant life (Jn 10:10).

    Source Unknown.


    Poetry

    Mary Had The Little Lamb

    Mary had the little Lamb, who lived before His birth;
    Self-existent Son of God, from Heaven He came to Earth.
    Micah 5:2

    Mary had the little Lamb; see Him in yonder stall --
    Virgin-born Son of God, to save man from the Fall.
    Isaiah 7:14

    Mary had the little Lamb, obedient Son of God;
    Everywhere the Father led, His feet were sure to trod.
    John 6:38

    Mary had the little Lamb, crucified on the tree
    The rejected Son of God, He died to set men free.
    1 Peter 1:18

    Mary had the little Lamb -- men placed Him in the grave,
    Thinking they were done with Him; to death He was no slave!
    Matthew 28:6

    Mary had the little Lamb, ascended now is He;
    All work on Earth is ended, our Advocate to be.
    Hebrews 4:14-16

    Mary had the little Lame -- mystery to behold!
    From the Lamb of Calvary, a Lion will unfold.
    Revelation 5: 5,6

    When the Day Star comes again, of this be very sure:
    It won't be Lamb-like silence, but with the Lion's roar.
    Psalm 2:12
    Revelation 19:11-16

    Marv & Marbeth Rosenthal - Copies of this poem may be used without written permission from the authors.