The Messages of The Incarnation – JOHN 1:1:1, 14, 18; 1 John 1:1-3
John 5:39 (NASB) “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;
“I could not in print or in public deny the virgin birth of Christ, but when I have something I can’t comprehend I just don’t deal with it.” – Robert Schuller
“The incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ is the central fact of Christianity, upon it the whole superstructure of Christian theology depends.” – John Walvoord
I. THE INCARNATION REVEALED THE GODHEAD TO US
Romans 1:19-20 (NASB) because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
Acts 14:17 (NASB) and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
II. THE INCARNATION PROVIDED AN EXAMPLE FOR OUR LIVES
1 Peter 2:21 (NASB) For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
1 Peter 2:18-21 (NASB) Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
1 John 2:4-6 (NASB) 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
III. THE INCARNATION PURCHASED OUR SALVATION
Hebrews 2:14 (NASB) 14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:15 (NASB) 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Hebrews 2:16 (NASB) 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.
Hebrews 2:17 (NASB) 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
IV. THE INCARNATION FULFILLED THE DAVIDIC COVENANT
Luke 1:31-33 (NASB) “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
2 Samuel 7:12-16 (NASB) 12 “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, 15 but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”
a. The features of this covenant
1. He will be king forever Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.
Psa 89:36 “His descendants shall endure forever And his throne as the sun before Me.
Jeremiah 33:17 “For thus says the LORD, ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 2. His throne will be forever Isaiah 9:6-7 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (7) There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
Luke 1:31-32 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. (32) “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 3. He must be a human being 4. He must live forever
V. THE INCARNATION DESTROYED THE WORKS OF SATAN
1 John 1:8-10 (NASB)8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
VI. THROUGH THE INCARNATION CHRIST BECOME OUR SYMPATHETIC HIGH PRIEST
Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
1 John 2:16 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses
Hebrews 2:18 (NASB) For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
VII. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INCARNATION
a. The authority of scripture depends on it
b. The Deity of Christ demands it
c. We are lost in our sin without it