WHY DID GOD BECOME A MAN?
December 15, 1991
INTRODUCTION: In John 1:1 we read these words, "In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God." John 1:14 adds much insight by saying, "And the Word
was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the
glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and
truth." In the text we are studying today, the writer of
Hebrews says that Jesus was made "for a little while lower than
the angels" so that He could become a man.
Jews could not comprehend the idea that God would become man.
Even less could they understand how, having become man, He could
die. How could the anointed of God, the Messiah, be the victim
of death? Consequently, wherever the gospel was preached to
Jews, as in Acts 17, it was necessary to explain why Christ had
to suffer and die. The cross was a serious stumbling block to
them. How could Jesus be greater than angels if angels never
die? How could He be a Savior if He Himself were killed?
Answer: God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ so that
He could die. He came to die because His death, and only His
death, could accomplish man's salvation. Those tiny hands
fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb were made to take
two great nails. Those little feet were made to climb a hill
and be nailed to a cross. That sacred head was made to wear a
crown of thorns, and that tender body wrapped in swaddling
clothes was made to be pierced by a spear. For this Christ came
You need to know that His death was the furtherest thing from an
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