Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. John 14:9
The concept is pretty unbelievable. How can you take a timeless, omnipotent, powerful, holy God and confine him to live His life through a human being? Such is the meaning of the incarnation.
God speaks and planets appear out of nowhere. God pushes galaxies around with the tip of His finger. He breathes over a dead Earth and everything brown turns to lush green. Such unfathomable power, isn’t it? Can this deity be born inside a virgin and emerge as not only the image of God, but God Himself? Jesus said yes and this is what got Him crucified. He claimed to be God. Either He was telling the truth and is worthy of my worship or He’s a liar and should have died the death that He got. For much of the world to believe that He’s just a good teacher without choosing sides is a cop out.
The expanse of God can live in a person. Jesus proved that. God, in Christ, restrained His power but when unleashed, the dead were raised, storms ceased, and the blind were made to see.
Can I even dare to believe that I have not only been made in God’s image, I am a container for the Spirit of God to live in. All that power, wisdom, peace, holiness…. lives in my spirit. Can others see evidence of that? Is His glory visible? Am I bold enough, when prompted, to speak words of healing and truth and trust the power of God to work through me? Perhaps I am shy of it because I have forgotten that I can be possessed by Spirit. Just as a demoniac is possessed by the god of this world, I am to be overtaken and ruled by the Spirit of God. When that happens, it’s quite evident that I am not my own. Like Jesus, I only do what my Father tells me. My works of faith will be both glorious and controversial.
Help me fully understand what Your incarnation means for me. It’s so loaded with implications and I know I haven’t begun to grasp it. Amen