Who Do You Say That I Am?: Why Did God Become Man?
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)
Why did God become a man? And, is he fully a man? Will he be the God-man forever, or was that Just temporary? And, why does it all matter for me?
Hebrews 2:5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,“What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,
8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”13 And again,“I will put my trust in him.”And again,“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Why did God become a man?
- To fulfill God’s design for humanity.
- To bring us to the glory humanity was designed for.
- To suffer so that he could identify with us.
- To destroy the devil and deliver us from the power of death.
- To become our high priest who could represent us.
Why does the humanity of Christ matter?
What does the humanity of Christ mean for our physical bodies?
Preparing for Next Sunday (The worship of Christ)
Monday: Read Rev. 4-5
Describe the worship here in Rev. 4. Who is it to? What different things are happening in this worship scene? How does being invited to have a glimpse of the throne room encourage you today? Read chapter 5. How does the worship shift and what does this mean?
Questions to evaluate my worship before next Sunday:
- What do I want to change in my life this next weekend? And, what do I need to be working on to make it happen?
- Have I prayed for the one who will be preaching the Word? And for those leading worship, teaching classes, and serving?
- Am I going to be prepared to listen to the message? It’s coming from Rev. 4-5. Will I get enough rest and be ready to focus?
- Have I asked anyone to come to church with me? Have I shared the gospel with anyone this week?
- If God moves in my life, am I ready to respond? If that means going to the altar will I? If that means a change in my life, will I?
- Will my prayers and scripture reading at church be the first time I’ve read and prayed all week?
- Is there a sin that will hinder God’s work in my life?
- Do I really think God will be present in our worship and will I be ready for his presence?
- Is there anyone I’m trying to avoid that I hope won’t be there Sunday? (What do I need to do with this?)
- Do I view my worship as a way of life or is it simply something I do for an hour on Sunday?