Thursday, May 4, 2017

WHO WAS THIS INVADER?

BY OTTO KAISER
PROFESSOR AT GLOBALL UNIVERSITY
(Guest of Ada Brownell)


Who was this baby in the arms of the virgin mother Mary in the small town of Bethlehem on the first Christmas Day? That baby boy was God. Jesus of Nazareth was not a man who became God. Jesus was God who became man. Jesus was not adopted as a Son of God. Jesus was and is the eternal Son of God, pre-existing in all eternity. The baby born in Bethlehem was and is God Himself. During His entire life on this planet earth, Jesus never stopped being God.

Why was it necessary for God Himself to invade this planet earth to conquer sin, sickness, death and the demon power? Could God have not used another man or an archangel? Every human being has an evil, sinful nature inherited through Adam and Eve. God could not triumph over sin by someone who was under the power of sin. During His earthly life, Jesus never sinned. Thus He could triumph over sin.

Could not God have sent a powerful archangel to deliver the human race? The leader of all the demon forces who enslaved the human race was Lucifer. Lucifer was the greatest archangel God ever made. Therefore if Lucifer was to be conquered, it had to be someone more powerful than Lucifer. Only God was more powerful. Thus God Himself invaded planet earth from outer space as a baby in the arms of the virgin mother Mary in the small town of Bethlehem on the first Christmas Day.

God not only invaded planet earth as God, but God invaded planet earth as man. The baby born the first Christmas in Bethlehem was God made man. God took on humanity. God became a real man. The Bible says, “Christ Jesus being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Phil. 2:6-7).

            In the original Greek in which the Bible was written, this verse says that Jesus emptied Himself of Himself in being born a baby in the virgin mother Mary. Jesus voluntarily veiled over His eternal memory. Jesus never stopped being God, but His eternal memory was veiled over. In a symbolic way, Jesus drank a cup of temporary forgetfulness. In every sense of growth and development, Jesus was truly human. All that Jesus knew about His eternal deity was what was revealed to Him by the Father though the Holy Spirit. Through divine revelations or divine revelatory acts, like the Mount of Transfiguration, the Holy Spirit revealed to Jesus His divine pre-existence. All that we know about our sonship with God through Jesus Christ is what the Holy Spirit reveals to us the Word of God.

            God the Son became a real man. Jesus Christ did not merely appear to be human. Jesus was not a ghost human appearance. Jesus Christ was a human being the same as you and me. The Bible says, "Since the children have flesh and blood, Jesus too shared in their humanity.... Jesus has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin" (Hebr. 2:14; 4:15). The Baby born in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Day was God made man.