D. A. Carson gave a Superb session this morning on Christ's Incarnation from John 1:1-18
Some highlights from my notes:
God’s ultimate expression of himself is Jesus - The Word
1) The Word Creates us (cross references: Genesis 1, Colossians 1:15=20)
All things made by Him, for Him -- The doctrine of creation grounds all human responsibility.
Aseity -- remember Gos is so much from Himself, that He does not need us. He doesnt need our praise, our works, or our obedience.
2) The Word Gives us Light and Life (cross references: John 3:18, John 8)
At creation God created the Light out of darkness. John 8 He is the Light of the World.
Darkness has not understood Him.
He is our eternal life - from before the foundations of the earth.
3) The Word Confronts us and divides us (The Fall) (John 3:16, Genesis 3)
The world is to be understood as human moral order in rebellion since the fall.
"God's love is not so awesome because the world is not so big, it is because it is so bad (because of the fall)."
The world did not recognize him(acknowledge him, understand him) – the world He had made – and this is what is unthinkably bad.
Even 'His own people' -- Jewish people are the specificity of humanity rejecting their own, in whom and by whom they were created.
The most heinous thins is not rape, genocide, or lying. The most heinous thing we do is ignoring our maker. The first sin is to not love God with our heart, mind, and soul. It is the sin of idolatry--- The de-Godding of God. Idolatry.
Even though the world doesn’t know him nor does it want to know him, mysteriously some are saved out of the world and are born again.
We must understand that this happened only because of the Incarnation: God becoming flesh.
4. The Word Incarnates God for Us (cross reference: Exodus 32-34)
Incarnate - from the latin word carnae="meat" or "flesh" - in-meat/in-flesh- the Word becoming human.
Directly references Exodus 32-34
Moses asks God - show me Your Glory. The manifestation of God's Glory to Moses was: God's Goodness:
Exod 33: 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live."
"The Lord, The Lord!! Abounding in Grace (love) and Truth (faithfulness.)
The whole story corresponds directly to John 1:1-18 -- in these five ways:
1- the tabernacle
2- the request to 'see' God's Glory
3- God's goodness
4- Grace and Truth
5- No one can see God (apart from Jesus)
Jesus tabernacles among us. Jesus is presented as the tabernacle, or the temple, of God. The tabernacle is the great meeting place of God and sinful people. It was a place of Sacrifice. Jesus himself is that temple.
We have seen His Glory!
- the shame and ignominy of the cross. --- the wretched cross === Christ's Glory!!
- all of God's Goodness passes in front of us upon the cross.
The fullness of God's Grace and Truth - as was spoken to Moses -- we receive grace upon grace -- the law of Moses was one grace - we have received Grace upon Grace in Christ!
Link to Next blog with more notes from the session>>>