Doesn’t really matter how much you try and guard against it, so often the awesome becomes far too common. I was reminded of this through a conversation I had with someone new to the kingdom of God. That the Spirit is working in this young man seems evident. How else does someone come to realize there is a God? And how else does someone come to the conclusion that Jesus is the Son of God, except the Spirit of grace is opening eyes to see, redeeming ears to hear, and replacing hearts of stone with hearts of flesh that they might start to understand the things of eternity?
And, as we talked about Jesus, it hit me again how drop-to-your-face awe-inspiring is my Savior. The young man talked of what he saw as the implications of Jesus being the “personification” of God. And it opened the door for me to share that Jesus was so much more than the personification of God . . . but that He was the incarnation of God . . . and I shared with him the verses I read this morning as part of my reading plan. Words that put the awe-o-meter off the scale!
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high . . .
(Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV)
The implications of personification are that Jesus was a limited representation of the God of heaven. That, as man, while there might be things of God that would be evident in Him, such as God is love, that other things, such as God created the heavens of earth, would not be. How can a man create the universe? Exactly! Such, I pointed out, is the mystery of godliness . . . that God was manifested, not partially represented, but fully manifested in the flesh (1Tim. 3:16). Can anyone say, “Incredible!” This has got to be the definition of that which is truly awesome . . . how can we use the term for anything else?
God in flesh . . . Almighty Creator robed in the creation . . . Supernatural Sovereign birthed in all but too natural a manner . . . All-Powerful King of Kings manhandled by His enemies and nailed to a cross . . . the Author of Life suffering death. How do you reconcile that? How do you fully comprehend that? As one songwriter says, “It’s like trying to fit the ocean in a cup.”
He is not just the personification, but is the incarnation of I AM, the ever existent God. Through Him the world was created, as such He is Creator from eternity past. In Him is the radiance of the glorious splendor of a holy, holy, holy God, as such He is the Light of heaven. He is the exact imprint, the express image, the precise reproduction in every sense, of the very nature of God . . . and so, He defines love . . . and mercy, and grace, and steadfast faithfulness. He upholds the universe by the word of His power . . . all things being held together by Him . . . thus being the Omnipotent LORD of All.
And beyond all this . . . beyond all comprehension . . . He also, Himself, made purification for sins. The incarnate Deity offering Himself as the Lamb of God, come to lay down His life as a once-for-all sacrifice for the blight of all men. God in flesh, as if He hadn’t humbled Himself enough already, became obedient to death, even death on a cross . . . that we might know life . . . and life to the full! Now that is awesome!
O’ how common these things can become. It takes a conversation with a wide-eyed rookie trying to figure out what this faith is all about to remind a saint who’s been walking the walk for while of how amazing is the mystery of godliness. That it’s like trying to fit the ocean in a cup . . . and that there is nothing commonplace about Him.
O’ what a Savior! To Him be all glory, honor, and praise!