The name Jesus is a name that we have heard before in this series because it is the same name as Joshua. Joshua was a great military leader and reformer in the midst of Israel. He called Israel to look to their God, to serve their God exclusively, and to set the tone for their houses to serve the Lord. Israel fell pretty far from this as a new people. Their priests lost sight of their God, and the people lost sight of the priest’s significance. The priest was supposed to bring them to God rather than being some sort of good luck charms to manipulate the true God. So, is the Lord able to redeem such a people? If the Lord can redeem such a people then who has to be the redeemer?
We talked last time about the incarnation of Christ being something that is challenging for us to understand because it is a doctrine that is difficult to grasp. It does not make sense that the second person of the Trinity would take on flesh like our flesh. It does not make sense that He would submit to death and then be raised up again. Why all this drama? What is the purpose of Christ taking on the flesh and then dying? How does this have a meaningful impact right now instead of at the end of our 80 years of walking this earth?
The incarnation of Christ is a very difficult doctrine for us to understand. In fact, I would say that as human beings it is an impossible doctrine to fully understand. This doctrine teaches that Christ, who is from all eternity, took on real human flesh to ratify the promises of God. If this doctrine is so difficult to understand then why do we want to study this doctrine? What could be beneficial about it regarding our day to day life?
Why do we speak of a virgin birth? Is this something that is really so essential for the Christian faith?