Verses: Mathew 1:18-25, Luke 1:34-38
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Mathew 1:23)
“For nothing is impossible to God” (Luke 1:37)
Many things are impossible to men, it is even impossible for me to know what I will be doing in the next hour but for God, nothing is impossible. Salvation was the most impossible thing to operate, because sinful man was unable to save himself from sin and nobody was able to save him, but God.
The story of incarnation teaches us three things:
1. Incarnation was the plan of God
God said to Satan in Genesis 3:15: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
God planned our salvation before the foundation of the earth, he knew beforehand the course of events and the solution, that the offspring of the woman, namely Jesus, would crush the head of the serpent.
In Mathew 1:23, it says: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us)”. For that to happen, the prince of this world had to be destroyed.
The incarnatiom is the action by which God becomes man. The word became flesh and dwelt among us, God took the human flesh, subjected to tiredness, to saddened, to cries, to being despised…Jesus was still God but He renounced the manifestation of his divinity and took the human form. And he did that for my salvation. He took my human form. He “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:19).
He became Emmanuel God with us, He is close to me, when I am tired he is strong to lift me up, when I am discouraged, He is by my side and stronger than me.
2. How was incarnation done? The role of the Holy Spirit
Mathew 1:18 says of Mary that “she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit”.
The Christian life requires to walk closely with the Holy Spirit. Mary asked “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God” (Luke 1:34-35).
Jesus said to the disciples as well: “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Meaning, “you will bodly speak about me”.
When Mary learnt that Elizabeth was pregnant, she went to visit her and when she greeted her, “the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”(Luke 1:41-42)
Mary was still the same, she didn’t even know when she conceived, but Christ was in her. The work of the Holy Spirit is not always loud or spectacular, He can also work in quietness. And the Power of God always works with the Holy Spirit.
3. The role of Joseph and Mary
Because Joseph was a good man, he wanted to leave Mary quietly, he didn’t want to put her to shame but when the angel visited him, he said to him: “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20).
Joseph obeyed immediately and not only did He take Mary with him but the Bible says that he “knew her not until she had given birth to a son” (Mathew 1:25)
We fail to see the accomplishment of the promises of God because we do not obey and obedience requires faith. But Joseph and Mary obeyed.
Mary responded in the same way. She said: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
Let us be obedient even when we don’t understand.