1. John 1:9–13 (ESV)
  2. Application

The purpose of the incarnation

John 1:9–13 (ESV)

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

The mystery of the incarnation is certainly one that prompts us to wonder and adore. God entered our world to walk among us. The Word knows what it is like to be a child, a teenager, an adult. At the right hand of the Majesty in heaven, there is at this very moment someone who knows our frame, someone who understands the frailty of our frame, who knows that it is to be tempted.

The incarnation causes us to wonder yet we must remember that the incarnation had a distinct purpose. The Word did not become flesh in order to demonstrate his power; he became flesh in order to rescue his people (2 Corinthians 8:9). The Word did not come to make the Father known and then leave us with that knowledge; he came to bring about the deliverance of God’s chosen people (Matthew 1:21). The Word became the child of Mary so that through faith we could become the children of God (John 1:12). He came to pay for our sins so that we might look forward to an eternity in God’s presence—a clear demonstration of God’s great love for his people (John 3:16).