The Incarnation: God becoming flesh.
Jews and Muslims don't accept Christianity largely because to them, the idea that God would become man is blasphemy.
But this concept is the very center of God's plan, the pivot point where renewal begins in this fallen world.
Someone had to do something. Death, a common experience of all who walk the earth, is the result of a broken relationship with the Source of Life.
And since humans broke this relationship, a human had to fix it.
In the Incarnation, the Maker becomes what he has made. This is a difficult concept to comprehend, and through the years terms like "hypostatic union" and "kenosis" have been developed to represent the inconceivable: God with us, Emmanuel, Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man.
Inconceivable for us, true: but God's thoughts are much different than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
As a man, Jesus emptied himself ot the attributes of Deity (Philippians 2:6-7): he experienced emotions like grief and fear. He was tempted in every way we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:14-16).
As a result, he understands temptations far better than we do. We usually give in well before we experience the full strength of a given temptation.
And as a man, he died. But then he did the impossible: he rose from the dead.
Jesus has pased through death and into life! And he promised that those who follow him will do the same. (See John 20:31.)
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