God Becomes Man
The Son of God did not become man at His birth
He became Jesus as a miniscule baby in Mary’s womb
2,019 years ago in the season we celebrate as Christmas
5BC to 2016 = 2020 years; subtract 1 year crossing = 2019 years
1. Understanding who our God is
2. Why God became man
3. How Son of God became the Son of Man
4. When the Son became man; became Jesus
1. Understanding who our God is - See Our God
Our God has always been, will always be; has made everything that was ever made; and rules over everything in Heaven and on earth. Our God is one supreme spiritual being, and because He is a spiritual being He can have three distinct persons; the Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit; while being one spiritual being, one God, our God.
*For this is what the Lord says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the Lord, and there is no other. Isa 45:18
*Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matt 28:19 ESV+
*Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Jn 14:9-10 ESV+
Our Heavenly Father is a spiritual being, the Master Planner of the whole universe, of everything that ever was created or will be created. He is our one and only true spiritual Father, loves us dearly, and desires us to be His true children.
*But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. Jer 10:12 NIV+
*Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Matt 23:9 NKJV
The Son of the Father is a spiritual being; is the Word, the activator, who physically makes the words His Father speaks happen; physically created this world and everything in it.
*In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Jn 1:1-3 KJV
*so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isa 55:11 NIV+
The Son being a spiritual being, would also come down from Heaven and become a physical man, became Jesus in the womb of Mary. This changed the very essence of God; for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have always, will always be 3 spiritual beings, united together as one God. Yet the Son had become a physical being, was both the Son of God and the Son of Man; whom we also now call Jesus. The Son, Jesus, would also change His essence, the very essence of God once more; when He was given a glorified body after He physically arose from the dead on Resurrection Day (Easter). The Son, Jesus, now sits on the right hand of the Father in Heaven above; interceding for us.
*For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power
The Holy Spirit is a spiritual being, who creates all other spiritual beings; whether the angelic spiritual beings or our spiritual being within our miniscule physical being in our mother’s womb, giving our physical body life. The Spirit then lives within a believer’s spiritual being and sanctifies us; keep us spiritually holy, so we can remain children of God. See Our Soul and Spirit
*That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jn 3:6 ESV+
2. Why God became man
The reason our God became man was love. Our Father wanted physical children to love before He created this world; His Son wanted physical brothers and sisters to love, of whom He would not be ashamed. The Holy Spirit wanted a family He could love, guide, and be part of. Our Father knew Jesus would have to become man; and suffer an agonizing physical death upon the cross to save those who would become our Father’s children; before He even created the human race.
*just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, Eph 1:4-5 NKJV+
*In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Heb 2:10 NIV+
*The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2Co 13:14 ESV+
Our Father wanted children who would love Him above all things; so He created us with a free will; for without a choice no one can love another above everything else. He knew our free will would cause us to sin; we would love ourselves, idols and worldly pleasures more than our God. Our Father knew His Son would have to become a man, become Jesus and die a horrendous death upon the cross as the only means by which our Father would forgive our sins.
*Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mk 12:29-30 ESV+
*For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17 KJV
Sin was brought into the world by satan; an angelic cherub who was favored by our Father, given much power by Him. satan desiring to be equal with God, disguised himself as a serpent to entice Eve to trust him instead of God; Then Eve enticed Adam to trust her over God. Man and woman had now sinned, were no longer holy, could no longer be in the holy presence of our God, and were banished to live on an earth where evil could exist.
*You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. Eze 28:14-15 ESV+
*But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Gen 3:4-7 ESV+
*So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. Gen 3:23 NIV+
Our Father condemned satan for deceiving Eve by promising a woman’s offspring (Jesus) would crush his head; though satan would be able to strike her offspring Jesus by making Him die a physical death on the cross to save us from our sins. Our Father punished Eve for being deceived by multiplying her pain in childbirth, and making her desire a husband who would rule over her; and this was passed on to all women after Eve.
*And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Gen NIV+
*To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Gen 3:16 ESV+
Because Adam chose Eve over His God, Adam received the curse of death; he would return to the dust with which he was created by God with. His original sin would be passed on to every child through his seed; therefore all men would pass on the original sin they inherited (called either inherited or original sin) to their children; for we all face physical death. If Adam’s original sin is not forgiven when our mind matures and exerts its free will; this sin will make us reject our God, we will never be able to accept Him, unless this sin is forgiven by our surrendering our lives to our God.
*Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return." Gen 3:17-19 NKJV+
*Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned - Ro 5:12 NIV+
3. How Son of God became the Son of Man See When Life Begins
Our Father’s plan of salvation was designed so that Eve’s original sin would not be passed on through her ovum (egg); nor through any women’s ovum. This would include Mary, who would be the physical mother of Jesus. The Holy Spirit miraculously impregnated Mary’s ovum in her fallopian tubes using a Jewish man’s seed which did not have or carry any inherited (original) sin in it; which would reproduce the man Jesus. This allowed Jesus’ physical being to be conceived holy by a woman; the only person to be conceived without sin, and be worthy to give His physical life as a ransom for our sins.
*Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Matt 1:18 ESV+
*Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil— Heb 2:14 NIV+
*For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2Co 5:21 NKJV+
The only miracle associated with Jesus being reproduced as a physical being; is the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary with the seed of a Jewish man without the original sin of Adam being present, being passed on to Jesus.
We are all given physical and spiritual life when the Spirit creates an eternal spiritual being (soul + spirit) within our miniscule mortal physical being (body + mind), after it has attached to our mother’s womb. The Holy Spirit united the Son of God’s spiritual being, which has always been, will always will be; with the spiritual being He had just created for Jesus as a man. And when the Spirit put the united spiritual beings within Jesus tiny physical being after it had first attached to Mary’s womb; Jesus physical body was given life to become the Son of Man. See Our Soul and Spirit
*For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Ps 139:13-16 NIV+ Inmost being soul + spirit Ps 103:1
The eternal spiritual being Jesus received as a physical man was created by the Holy Spirit; the same way our spiritual being, our soul and spirit are created by the Spirit, holy, eternal and mature enough to know God. The Spirit cannot approve of anything which is evil, cannot create anything which is not holy. This allowed the spiritual being Jesus received as a man to unite with the holy spiritual being of the Son of God which came down from Heaven; much the same way when our spiritual being is made holy
*Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they? Hab 1:13 NASB+
*If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NASB+
Though the Son’s mighty spiritual power as God was not allowed to rule over Jesus the physical man in any aspect. Jesus only received His spiritual power through the Holy Spirit, after He was anointed to begin His ministry at the age of 30, for 3 1/2 years before He gave His physical life on the cross to save us from our sins.
*"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; Lk 4:18 NKJV+
*Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, Lk 3:23 ESV+
4. When the Son became man; became Jesus - See Jesus Born Tishri 10, 5BC – Died Nisan 14, 30AD
The Father’s plan of salvation was completed not by chance, but through His wisdom, His design. All things would work together, happen at the appropriate time, so the plan could be completed. There would be many miracles, blessings, and hardships given in implementing this plan. The plan began with the announcement of a messenger, John, who would precede Jesus and prepare the way for Him.
*"See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the Lord Almighty. Mal 3:1 NIV+
John was conceived around Tammuz (June/July) 15th 6BC
Look at intimate details of our Father’s plan. Zechariah, a
temple priest at
*But they had no children, because
*But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. Lk NASB+
The angel also said John was not to drink wine or liquor and that he would be filled with the Spirit while he was still in the womb. The angel foretold that John would be a great prophet like Elijah, preparing the way for our Lord. When his father Zechariah would not believe what the angel said, the angel made him mute until John was born.
*"For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. Lk NASB+
*He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Lk NKJV+
After John was born Zechariah was filled with the Spirit and amazed listeners as he eloquently told many how his son would be a great prophet. These special announcements, happenings, gained notoriety, would be remembered when John began his ministry. They helped him with his credibility, and the ability to get people to listen to him. Luke 1:67-79
*And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, Lk 1:76 ESV+
Jesus told us there was no greater prophet than John and he will always be remembered as John the Baptizer. John would be the forerunner for Jesus from his conception, until Jesus began His ministry. Because Zechariah was a priest, John would also inherit his father’s position as a priest. As a priest, and prophet, John could consecrate Jesus to fulfill the Old Covenant Laws that were required before Jesus could begin His ministry.
*Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. Matt NIV+
The time clock for the Son to come down and become man began
*After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people." Lk 1:24-25 NIV+
*Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, Lk 1:26 ASV
Mary was a young woman who lived in Nazareth, which was in the northern part of Israel, and it was here where the Angel Gabriel came to her. She was a virgin, who was engaged to be married and was probably between 12 to 18 years old; for this was the customary age for young women to be pledged to be married.
*So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matt 1:22-23 NKJV+
Jesus was given life around Tevet 10 (Dec 6BC/Jan 5BC)
Jewish calendar of 354 days can fluctuate 35 days from our calendar day months - like Easter can be from March 22 to April 25 depending on the year. Likewise Tevet 10 can fluctuate to be on any day from mid Dec to late Jan; which makes it probable Jesus was conceived during our Christmas season.
Our Father’s detailed plan chose Mary for different reasons. Mary was faithful, humble and obedient to God, trusted in Him and would be honored to be the mother of His Son. She was engaged to Joseph, so there would be an earthly stepfather for Jesus. Mary and Joseph were descendants of David, as prophesied in the Old Testament. Mary was also a relative of Elizabeth, and would be accepted into her home as a house guest. This would give Mary a companion she could confide in, when she was in danger; an engaged woman with God’s Son Jesus in her womb.
Mary was frightened when the angel appeared, yet was strong enough to clearly understand what He said. She was brave enough to ask the question of how she could conceive when she was still a virgin. And was able to accept the Spirit’s miracle that would happen within her, though she really did not completely understand how she would conceive; how the Holy Spirit would bring the Son of God as a baby boy into her womb. Mary was overwhelmed, yet believed with God all things are possible, and accepted the message she was given. After the angel left, Mary continued thinking about the miracle which had just happened, that she was carrying God’s Son in her womb; that she would give birth to the Son of God and call Him Jesus.
*In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. Lk 1:26-38 NIV+
We must always remember that Jesus did not come down from Heaven to save us. It was the Son of God who came down from Heaven, an almighty eternal spiritual being, with no beginning or no end; and became a man, became Jesus in the womb of Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus became a man on earth, not in Heaven.
*God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth. Jn 4:24 ASV
*“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. Matt 12:18 ESV+
*The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jn 1:14 NIV+
The Son of God had to become a physical being like we were in every way, yet remain holy without sins; so He would be an acceptable sacrifice to redeem us from our sins. The Son became Jesus, did not sin, shed His blood on the cross to atone for our sins.
*but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Phil 2:7 NIV+
*For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Heb 2:17 NIV+
The Son of God and Jesus the Son of man became one spiritual/physical being; who now sits at the right hand of our Father. The Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit are spiritually united together as one spiritual being, with a glorified body; one supreme God with three persons.
*And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. Jn 17:5 NIV+
*Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God." Then they all said, "Are You then the Son of God?" So He said to them, "You rightly say that I am." Lk 22:69-70 NKJV+
Always remembering that great announcement long ago; that the Son of God would come down from Heaven to became a man, become Jesus, to save us from our sins.
*The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God Lk 1:35 NASB+
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