One who is truly human and also truly God.
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
A child is born…
The relationship between humanity and God was broken from our side (Genesis 3). And so it had to be repaired from our side. Yet we, as constitutional rebels, were incapable of doing what was necessary to heal the breach. So God, wanting to effect a reconciliation, had to cross over to our side of the gulf in order to do so.
This is what Christians call the Incarnation: the eternal Son of God entered space and time, became human, and lived as a specific individual at a certain historical time and geographical place – Jesus of Nazareth. “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” (II Corinthians 8:9) The more you think about this, the more mind-boggling it becomes.
Mighty God… Prince of Peace
Jesus is uniquely qualified to mediate between God and mankind because, as both God and Man, He can represent both parties. In Him, the Almighty God became one of us. And in knowing Him, we can know God (John 17:3).
Read more about the Incarnation here.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You humbled Yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation;
give us the mind to follow You
and to proclaim You as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Collect for Palm Sunday)