P r i n t e d w i t h
j o l i p r i n t
… What no one could imagine …
hroughout the ages God revealed fragments
of His mind. The Old Testament is a record of the many prophets, priest and scholars, scat-
tered throughout many generations, who perceivedportions of God’s purpose. The best scholars steeped
themselves into detailed studies, trying to piece to-
gether this puzzle. The priests diligently performedtheir rituals, aware that the very repetition of these
rituals pointed towards an event and meaning that
would eclipse their activities.A picture started to emerge … and it was shocking.All the fragments joined together, all the prophetic
utterances stitched together painted a picture of … ashadow! However amazing these revelations were,they were still only a shadow of what God was about
to unleash. The substance behind the shadow wasabout to appear!
Despite the thousands of years of inspired utterance
and scholastic studies, there remained a mystery
which no eye had seen, no ear had heard – a mystery
beyond the capability of any imagination!
No one except God could ever have conceived such
a plan: Eternity would enter time; the innite would
enter space. God would become a man!
The Word, the expression of God, the exact represen-
tation of God became esh! This was no half-hearted
attempt by which God simply disguised Himself in
a human body. This was a permanent commitment
by which God forever joined Himself to humanity – His eternal destiny bound up in the destiny of man. He became man in the fullest sense possibleand would remain a man forever.
The authentic Creator, the true light that enlightens
every man was coming into this world. His mission
was nothing less than shattering our illusions, expo-sing the unreal, unoriginal and fake identity that we
embraced outside of Him. He came with the clear
message to darkness that its time was up. Darkness
has had all the opportunity it needed and failed to
fulll man, failed to provide a viable alternative.
The incarnation reveals that our true selves, our
true humanity can only be found in union with God.
Jesus brings the nal and thorough judgement that
the law failed to bring: judgement on the ignorance
and lies that man so desperately embraced. Theemptiness and futility of separation is exposed byChrist.Simultaneously He introduces us to our true subs-
tance, to our existence in Him. The Creator became
part of creation to redeem it from the grasp of cor-ruption. In the incarnation He draws His creation
back into the signicance and value for which He
created it. He reveals our true signicance, our eter
nal origin and destiny in Him.
… Fully God …
Jesus represents God in the fullest, truest sensepossible. Jesus not only represents God, He is God.What He says, God says; what He does, God does. Jesus Himself said “if you’ve seen me, you’ve seenthe Father”. Paul wrote in 2 Cor 5:19 that God wasin Christ reconciling the world to Himself.
The implications of this incarnation are staggering!
God became man without ceasing to be God. Jesus
boldly declares “… before Abraham was, I AM.” Nei-
ther did this transformation, this form of existence
as a man, frustrate God. In fact Col 1:19 shows thatthis was a pleasure! Col 2:9 reveals that God in all
February 12, 2011