from the devotional book, PICTURES OF GOD
Luke 1:26-38; 3:16, 21-22; 4:31-34
We can believe that an all-powerful Spirit God, with no body, dwelling in heaven, is holy and separate. But in the New Testament something absolutely amazing, almost incredible happens: this holy, separate God becomes a human being. He becomes 100% human. He becomes just like us, but without sin.
How can this be possible? How can God be holy and separate, yet like us and among us? Isn’t that a contradiction?
- He is still 100% transcendent God, even though He is 100% human. He is above us and our world in character, quality, and authority.
- He is still perfect and morally pure.
The gospels repeatedly tell us that this Galilean peasant is the Holy One:
- Both Matthew 1:18-20 and Luke 1:35 say that Jesus was conceived, not by a human father, but by the Holy Spirit of God. Because of that, this human being would literally be the Son of God in a unique way.
- According to all four gospel writers (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33), John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the One who would baptize the human race in God’s own Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit visibly came upon Jesus at His baptism, marking the beginning of His ministry (Luke 3:22; 4:1; John 1:29-34).
- The demons, fully evil and opposed to everything Jesus was, recognized Him as “the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34).
- When Jesus had just sifted His disciples by insisting that they eat His flesh and drink His blood, He asked the twelve if they were leaving too. Peter replied, “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69).
Both holy and human – in Jesus Christ we see God’s plans for our entire race.