What Did the Incarnation Do for Us?
Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Matthew 1:18-25: The incarnation was necessary first and foremost so that God could be with us (verse # 23). The incarnation made it possible for God to become one of us. God, as a man, was hungry (Luke 4:1-4). As a man, He suffered loneliness (Matthew 26:39-43), and temptation (Hebrews 4:15). Through the incarnation, God walked in our shoes. God fulfilled a desire to know us intimately due to His tremendous love for us.
John 14:8-11: The incarnation made it possible for us to get to know God as a person. Without the incarnation, God is an unknowable disembodied spirit (John 4:24). God became a man that we, as men, could get to know who and what He is (Colossians 2:9).
John 15:15: The incarnation let God become a friend. Only a true friend serves his friends (Luke 22:27).
John 11:33-36: The incarnation made it possible for God to truly share in our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4).
The incarnation made it possible for God to die our death.
God, as God, could not die.
God had to become a man to die my death (Philippians 2:5-8).
To die my death, He had to become me (a man) (Hebrews 2:9).