“What reason do I have to care about the incarnation?” Here are three to get you started:
- Because of the incarnation, our sins can be atoned for. In order to be blamed for His people’s sin, Jesus had to represent His people. As a man, Christ could be justly blamed for His people’s sin, because He could reasonably represent them on the cross in judgment. If Christ was not a man, it would be inappropriate for Him to suffer on behalf of sinful men.
- Because of the incarnation, evil men will be properly judged. One excuse the wicked might have: “God, You gave us rules, but You don’t know what it’s like to be a man. Is it not obviously that Your Law is unreasonable, because no man has ever kept it?!” On judgment day you will not hear this excuse – because all men will be judged by one of their own. Upon God’s throne will sit a man Who Himself kept the Law perfectly, proving the only thing keeping people from obeying God was their wicked hearts.
- Because of the incarnation, our faith will be made sight. “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and therefore invisible (Colossians 1:15). The astounding grace of the incarnation is that in Christ God is represented and manifest perfectly (John 14:9), so when you see Him you see God. Further, because Christ’s incarnation is eternal, you will always see God. God’s grace, at the root, is His self-revelation. What greater gift will there be than to behold His glory perfectly forever (Revelation 22:4)?