God With Us
A Sermon on John 2:21
But he was speaking about the temple of his body. (ESV)
In Bethlehem Jesus Christ was born. But who is Jesus? Some say Jesus was a great man and ethical teacher. Some say he was nothing more than a human teacher like many who came before him and would come after him. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us from Scripture, Jesus was no mere man, but he was the very Son of God. He was God in flesh come to dwell with man through the incarnation. In the Old Testament God was present with his people through the temple and the manifestation of his glory. But in Bethlehem God becomes present with his people by being born of a virgin. In this, God the Son, the second person of God takes upon a true human nature, he becomes subject to all the infirmities of the flesh. In this, God becomes present in Christ Jesus, this is a new presence and is better than the presence of the Old Covenant. The message of the incarnation goes far beyond the story of the birth of Jesus. He did not come into the world to merely be an example or to simply teach us, but he came to die for our sins. This is the great hope of the Christian faith, God became a man to die so that we may know him.