The Meaning of Jesus' Birth
T. Austin Sparks
The Meaning of His Birth
But we may begin with the meaning of His birth, and by that I mean Jesus’ humanity, His manhood. What is the meaning of this clear and profound choice of God?
God’s normal way to man is by man. God’s normal way for man to Himself is by man.
Even in those extraordinary visitations in the Old Testament when God Himself came in what are called theophanies, men saw men—and afterwards said it was the Lord.
It would be perhaps speculating, and certainly not very convincing or conclusive or profitable to say that that is probably how God walked with Adam in the garden—in a theophany, in the form of a man. Just as He came to Abraham, and Abraham afterwards realized that it was the Lord. And so with others.
There have been, of course, independent speakings of God to men without any personal form being taken, but God’s normal way to man is by man, and for man to Himself through man. Manhood is God’s normally chosen means and method of communication.
Bear that in mind. God has so often refused to act independently of man. He has chosen by His means and decision to communicate primarily through man to man for Himself. He has so largely committed Himself to man. In a very real sense God has put Himself into the hands of men. That is a very solemn truth.
But remember that it is man in union with God who is God’s instrument and means of bringing others to Himself, being His Way.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf.”
“How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone proclaiming to them?”