Incarnation 4

John 7:16 “So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.”

 John 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

 John 5:19 “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. (20) For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel.”

It is impossible to fully grasp rationally the Incarnation. Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. How could this be?

Scripture is clear that Jesus was the Alpha and Omega, meaning that He has always been here from the beginning and will always be here in the end. Jesus was not created but has always existed with the Father. (John 1:1, Col. 1:16-20, I John 1:1) However, for 33 years he gave up this glory and emptied himself of all supernatural power and lived like you and I have to live: dependent of the Heavenly Father. “He had to be made like his brethren in every respect.” The Scripture at the top of the page explains that Jesus could do nothing of His own accord. When he was walking towards Jairus’ home in Mark 5:26ff, the hemorrhaging woman came up from behind and touched him and was healed. I believe that Jesus had no idea that the woman was there. But a miracle occurred because the Father in heaven whom Jesus was dependent on saw faith in the woman and healed her through Jesus. Jesus stops and turns around and says (in Luke’s rendition) “I felt power flow through me.” Luke 8:46

The application for our lives is simple: if we live in dependence on the Father, we can do whatever He calls us to do. We can teach and say, whatever He wants us to. We can live with the power to overcome, the way that He asks us to. It takes a day by day dependence. A minute by minute dependence on God. Incarnational Evangelism is going in weakness not power, and serving those you have been called to serve. No one has a miracle in their pocket. We love and pray and God pulls off the miracles.


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