He came as man
Luke 2:1 -
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
The birth of Jesus Christ is well documented even historically in the Gospel yet we find many people are not very clear with it.
There are many things which are more of traditionally based which people blindly accept and believe simply because they do not study scriptures thoroughly.
For instance there is not place it is written Jesus was born in a stable or a cave and yet we see people picture that in His birth in a crib. Bible simply says when Jesus was born Mary wrapped Him in a cloth and laid Him in a manger. Note that they were waiting for room outside an inn. A manger does mean a stable but means a wooden container used to feed animals. Luke simply states Jesus was born in a place where the donkeys, horses or camels (animals used by travellers living in the inn) were fed while Mary and Joseph were waiting for a room in the inn to be free.
I will not get into the dates of Jesus's birth but about Him coming as a man. Muslims find it hard to believe God could come as man. Their first question is if God came as man then who is running the world? Then there are the Catholics who think Jesus was part God and part man when He was on earth (even many Believers believe in this). Paul clearly says whoever does not believe Jesus Christ was 100percent human / born in the flesh is not from God.
What confuses people is being man Jesus had powers which no man had, thus they attribute the God factor to Him. The other problem is the references of Jesus being the Son of God is confused with Him being God.
Jesus was God the Son Who humbled Himself and came as man. As man He was 100 percent man. Being God who is omnipotent He is able to do anything, so humbling Himself and becoming His creation was not a great feat but a great risk, for He gave up His omnipotence when He became man. He was God the Son Who came from the Father (not created) meaning He was within the Father as part of the Father before He was declared by the Father as being an entity by Himself. That is why He is identical as the Father and They have the same Spirit.
As man He was without sin and uncorrupted and perfect thus He was called a Son of God for that title is for all those who have the image of God in them, that is why Adam before he sinned was called a Son of God and so also are the Angels given the same reference.
As Son of God He had power and authority, and He as man remained being the Son of God meant man had got victory over sin and had overcome it that is why He is called the Corner Stone and example for us. He gave us His Spirit by Whom He overcame so that we (all those who believe in Him and are connected to Him, not each one, for fully overcoming is a gradual process over generations) will also overcome and become Sons of God. For us to receive His Spirit He had to pay the price by His death.
Jesus died as man but like all humans when they die their spirits do not die but go depending on their situation at death. When Jesus died Jesus was forsaken by the Father since our sins were on Him thus He went to Hell and since no sin was in Him He could not be kept there so He resurrected (rose). He came back in the flesh because His flesh was not corrupted and as promised He returned in the flesh (since our flesh is corrupted we do not resurrect in the flesh). Since He broke the curse of Hell whoever believes in Him does not go to Hell but sleeps (their spirit exist in a dimension called Grave but does not go to Heaven).
Jesus is the only one who has ascended to Heaven for He was complete and He will come again as man (Son of Man - thus He will never appear in the flesh till then) on the Day of the Lord to judge all those who believe in Him. All those who are asleep will resurrect and those who are alive at that time will be transformed (caught in the air as Paul puts it) and all will stand before Him to be judged. Those who have Word of God in them (whatever is revealed to them that they have kept and have received the Fruit of Truth from the Holy Spirit) will be covered by the Righteousness (Blood) of The Son and will thus will be eligible to receive the Fruit of Holiness from the Father and enter Heaven. We in Heaven will become a part of The Son taking the place of the place of the fallen Angels, thus The Son comes back in glory before the world was.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we thank You for risking all when You came as man so as to enable us to return to Heaven and to be part of You. We thank You for enabling us to be able the receive the Fruits we lost when sin came into us by the price You paid, your Word and by your Spirit. We pray Lord more and more people may know You and by the knowledge of You and by your Spirit be a part of You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Luke 2:7 - And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy S, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
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