Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Faith In Jesus' Incarnation

Date: AM
Text: Luke 1:35; Lord's Day 14
Psalters: 225, 325, 424, 306
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2013-15)
  1. The event.
    1. The Mediator must be like to His brethren in all things (Lord’s Days 5 & 6), i.e., very man as well as very God.
      1. In the incarnation: the second Person of the Trinity (always divine) took upon Himself our human nature (Rom. 9:5; I Jn 4:2).
      2. He is God and man in one Person.
      3. His conception and birth was a willing deed on His part (Phil. 2:7).
    2. The incarnation requires the virgin birth.
      1. Only the Holy Spirit could form the Holy Thing which was to be born of Mary (Luke 1:35).
      2. Scripture is clear that the Spirit, not Joseph, was the Conceiver (Luke 1:35; Matt. 1:18).
    3. This truth has been repeatedly denied.
  2. Three benefits of Jesus’ holy conception and virgin birth.
    1. First, the result of the incarnation via the virgin is that Jesus has a perfect human nature (without original sin).
    2. Second, Jesus took away our sin at its very root.
      1. We are sinful at our very beginning (conception, Ps. 51:5).
      2. The Savior, to root out our sin, goes to the very beginning to correct our conception and birth.
    3. Third, He is justly able to be identified with us.
  3. The great comfort.
    1. Now Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrew 4:15).
    2. More, He is thus able to be our Mediator.
      1. His real humanity enabled Him to take on Himself all our sinfulness and sin.
      2. His deity assures me that His birth and death are of infinite value.
    3. And He is able, as the Son of Man, to be a fitting Judge (John 5:22,27).
      1. It is not a stranger who passes unknown judgment, but one Who knows all human relationships.
      2. How much more severe is His judgment which condemns, especially those who condemned Him.