Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Human Mother


        1. God’s Act in Christ Jesus to put the world right with Himself.

        The overriding theme of the Old Testament portion of the Bible is the living God, the strict Judge, punishing the sinner, loving the penitent and guiltless and evoking fear and awe, utterly ethical and moral, the Righteous One leaping out of those pages and demanding our obedient response.  If God is truly righteous, and if we are truly to let God be God and let His righteousness be revealed in a world of tragedy and suffering and moral failure, there is only one way in which this can happen.  There is only one way in which a fully personal and truly just God can achieve His purpose in such a world as this.  That is, by Himself bearing the suffering of the world and the consequences of our transgression.  How can He be the just God of the Bible unless He suffers more than any man in total innocence?

        “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24

        2. HE came as the Son of a human mother.

        “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.  Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” Rev 12:1-2

        “She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”  Rev 12:5

        For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

        Luke wrote to tell us of God’s Great Plan centered in Jesus.  Luke 1:1-4,26-35; 2:4-7.

        3. Jesus the Messiah who was promised.

        “He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated, the Christ).”  John 1:41

        Messiah = Christ = Anointed One.  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor;”  Luke 4:18; Isaiah 49:8-9; 61:1-2

        God’s Plan was for God the Son to come into our world in human form (The Human One). 

        “And because the children are flesh and blood, he took a body himself and became like them; so that by his death he might put an end to him who had the power of death, that is to say, the Evil One; And let those who all their lives were in chains because of their fear of death, go free.”  Heb 2:14-15 (BBE)              

        Furthermore HE remained God all through, and the human generation in Time did not in any way detract from the divine generation in Eternity. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;” Col 2:9 [Col. 1:15-20; Hebrews 2:14-18; 10:5-10;  Matt. 1:20-25.]

        God’s Plan for Mankind was in place before Creation.  Eph. 1:3-4.  This Plan centered around Jesus and a human mother.  As Eve was the first mother, Mary became the ‘God-bearer” (theotókos) as the mother through whom God the Son took flesh & blood.  "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matt 1:23

“And the Word 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.”  John 1:14

        “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”  Genesis 3:15.

        This is a promise of God’s Messiah, the Seed of the Woman, who would and did bruise the head of the Serpent.

        “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.  He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.”  Gal. 3:16

        Christ Jesus is the one-and-only Seed - Seed of the Woman and also Seed of Abraham.  “Christ is God and God is Christ.”

        “But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”  Hebrews 3:6.

        In claiming Christ Jesus we also claim God.  Note 1John 2:22-23.  “He who has the Son has the Father also.”