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Holy Spirit

Conception at Two WeeksAt and before Jesus' human birth, his divine nature lies within him. Mary's labor was probably similar to normal labor and in most respects, Jesus' human birth was presumably like any other human birth. While our understanding can only be elemental at best, the Holy Spirit comes and miraculously forms the divinity of the fetus of Jesus' body.

Mary + Holy Spirit = Jesus
(Human) + (Divine) = (Human/Divine)
Dies + Eternal = Resurrection

Conception

bluebellsThe angel tells Mary about Jesus' human birth and that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. Joseph vehemently denied any sexual contact, so it was reasonable to assume that the Holy Spirit planted the "God-sperm" within Mary's womb. There was probably all the trauma of labor, an umbilical cord to cut, and an afterbirth. Jesus' Christological conception does not necessarily make a nonsense of the scientific processes involved. God generally follows natural laws, but the incarnation points up the truth that he sometimes twists these patterns to achieve his will. In human healings, miracles and at the resurrection it is God who intervenes and twists the natural laws for his glory. Apart from that crucial formative moment, Jesus' human birth was probably in most other respects normal.

Jesus Christological Moment

Adult BaptismJesus Christological moment is defined as the exact time that Jesus began his ministry whether at his conception, his birth, his baptism or even at the moment of creation. The Gospel writers brought different truths concerning Jesus Christological moment to their readers. Jesus Christological moment was regarded as the precise time that Jesus' ministry began. Mark the Evangelist who was a young disciple of Jesus understood "Jesus Christological moment" to have taken place at his baptism. Mark went on to found the church of Alexandria and wrote in Mark 1.4-11, "In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved, with you, I am well pleased.'" In Mark's view, Jesus' ministry began at his baptism.

Matthew's Baptism Emphasis

BabySimilarly, the Apostle Matthew in Matthew 3.13-17 agreed that Jesus Christological moment was at his baptism. "And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.'" The phrase "my Son, the Beloved" may be translated as "my beloved Son." These words were felt by Matthew to have been Jesus' commissioning point to his special ministry. In contrast, the Apostle Luke believed Jesus Christological moment to be at the very conception of the baby Jesus and the announcement by the angel to Mary before Jesus' birth. Saint Luke wrote in Luke 1.26-28, "In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.'" We read also in Matthew 1.29-33, "Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Mostest. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." Many think that Luke interpreted these words from the angel to mean that Jesus' ministry began at his conception or possibly at his birth.

John's Creation Theory

Planet in orbitOn the other hand, John the Evangelist believed the beginning of Jesus' ministry to have been in the life of the pre-existent godhead at the beginning of all creation. Saint John wrote in John 1.1-14, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." Jesus' moment as "the Word" was witness to the fact that his eternal deity began before the Creation, was punctuated at Jesus' Conception and launched into ministry at Jesus' Baptism.✞

Image Invisible God

Jesus Radiance of God's GloryThe Apostle Paul seemed to believe that Jesus came to us in a baby's body as God himself. In Colossians 1.15 he wrote, "He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by him and for him."

Godhead Fullness

Jesus radiantJesus is no less than fully God. He was showing us in himself all of God that we were able to comprehend. God's fullness or deity, revealed at the moment Jesus became the Christ, is in many ways beyond our comprehension but what we can understand God reveals to us in Jesus. Jesus bore the fullness of the Godhead bodily within himself as one of the three members of the Holy Trinity. The writer of Hebrews 1.3 explained, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." What a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus!

Jesus Father Relationship

father and babyThe Jesus Father relationship is a kinship of essence and enabled the Father to raise Jesus' body from the dead without disturbing his grave clothes! The Jesus Father relationship is an astonishing one. Their kinship is one of essence. Jesus' tomb was a mere stopping off point on his journey back to his Father in Heaven. Their relationship is after all in the Godhead and both Father and Son bear all the qualities of the deity as blood relatives. A human being, in contrast, can become a child of God only by adoption. God and humans are of different essences

Kinship of Essence

Father and SonJesus regards the Christian's relationship to his Father as different from Jesus' relationship to the Father. With careful choice of words in John 14.20, Jesus says, "I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you." Again, Jesus explains his relationship to the Father at the end of his ministry in John 20.17, "I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God."

Jesus' Relationship

A WormholeJesus' relationship with the Father was quite different from our relationship to the Father. We can only view Jesus through spiritual eyes in the personal Body of Christ. We can see the Creator God in Jesus in a way that we cannot of the Father. Saint John wrote insightfully in his first epistle in this regard. 1 John 1.1-4, states, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched, this we proclaim concerning the Word of life."

Creator in Human Form

Creator and ChildSaint John emphasized that the Creator had taken on a human form. The disciples had seen the face which spoke the Word when all things came into being. They were helped in their understanding that Jesus' body after the Resurrection appeared the same, though different and not recognizable.

"Jesus Human Birth"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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