It’s not over

Christmas is past, the New Year is in, and we’ve moved on, but the incarnation hasn’t!

The incarnation didn’t stop at Christmas, Jesus didn’t grow out of it. Neither did the incarnation stop when Jesus left the earth, He didn’t ascend out of it. No it continues, an amazing, glorious truth we’d do well to remember.

In His birth He wasn’t aloof from us, He took on real flesh. In His ministry He served as one of us and among us and to us. In His death He died with us and for us. In His resurrection He rose as a Man out of death, and in His ascension He went to Heaven as the Son of Man.

Eternally, yes eternally, Jesus is forever God and man. In His incarnation Jesus didn’t cease to be God, and in His ascension He didn’t cease to be Man. As the saints of old loved to say, “There is a man in the glory!” Oh yes, a real, representative man.

The writer to the Hebrews says that “in all things it was necessary for Him to be made like His brothers,” not a bit, but completely, no half measures, but the whole. This Jesus knows our humanity through and through, every bit of it. He hungered, he thirsted, he had needs. He was misjudged, experienced rejection, knew the pain of loss. He was attacked by Satan and knew the full power of temptation. He died.

He’s alive today, He knows, He hasn’t forgotten.

He has redeemed our humanity and taken it into the very heart of God, the place of true love and fellowship. In the very heart of the Godhead we have a High Priest who is able to sympathize with us in every way.

Not the empty sympathy of the world, but a deep and meaningful sympathy that knows and understands, but not just a knowing and understanding but an enabling that brings mercy, grace, life and hope into our lives because He has been here and has conquered and His life is for me, for you…

There’s A Man in The Glory

There’s a Man in the glory
Whose Life is for me.
He’s pure and He’s holy,
Triumphant and free.
He’s wise and He’s loving,
How tender is He!
His Life in the glory,
My life must be;
His Life in the glory,
My life must be.

There’s a Man in the glory
Whose life is for me.
He overcame Satan;
From bondage He’s free.
In Life He is reigning;
How kingly is He!
His Life in the glory,
My life must be;
His Life in the glory,
My life must be.

There’s a Man in the glory
Whose Life is for me.
In Him is no sickness;
No weakness has He.
He’s strong and in vigor,
How buoyant is He!
His Life in the glory
My life may be;
His Life in the glory,
My life may be.

There’s a Man in the glory
Whose Life is for me.
His peace is abiding;
How patient is He!
He’s joyful and radiant,
Expecting to see
His Life in the glory
Lived out in me;
His Life in the glory
Lived out in me.

—Mary E. McDonough, 1787

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