The Incarnation

Luke 2:52

Christ’s deity and humanity were both necessary for our salvation. He had to be God to forgive our sins, and he had to be a human being to die and make atonement for us. Like any Jewish boy, Jesus was circumcised at eight days old (v. 21). Luke relates Jesus’ physical and intellectual growth and God’s grace in his life (v. 40). He records twelve-year-old Jesus’ precocious understanding before the teachers at Passover (v. 47), his submission to his parents, and Mary’s treasuring of fond memories (v. 51). Jesus was genuinely human: “Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (v. 52). When the divine Son became a man, he experienced normal human growth. He matured intellectually (“in wisdom”) over time. He grew physically (“instature”), experiencing the various stages of male growth. He also grew spiritually (“in favor with God”), and his prayers increased in intelligence year after year. Finally, he grew socially (“in favor with man”) as he developed friendships and interacted with his peers. Theology for Life—Jesus is both God and man in one person. Consequently, passages underscoring his genuine humanity no more threaten his deity than those teaching his deity threaten his humanity. The Son of God incarnate is more wonderful and mysterious than we have understood!

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