From the days of eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father; He was the image of His greatness and majesty, “the outshining of His glory.” Hebrews 1:3. To this sin-darkened earth He came to reveal the light of God’s love. Therefore, it was prophesied of Him, “His name shall be called Immanuel, …God with us.” Matthew 1:23.
In stooping to take upon Himself humanity, Christ revealed a character the opposite of the character of Satan. But He stepped still lower in the path of humiliation. “Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8.
By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God. As the Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey. Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “With His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
This was a voluntary sacrifice. Jesus might have remained at the Father’s side. He might have retained the glory of Heaven and the homage of the angels. But He chose to give back the scepter into the Father’s hands and to step down from the throne of the universe, that He might bring light to the benighted and life to the perishing.
By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels. Our little world is the lesson book of the universe. God’s wonderful purpose of grace, the mystery of redeeming love, is the theme into which “angels desire to look” (1 Peter 1:12), and it will be their study throughout endless ages.
Through His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ, we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen.
In taking our nature, the Savior has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder.” Isaiah 9:6.
God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the “Son of man” who shares the throne of the universe. It is the “Son of man” whose name shall be called “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. In Christ, the family of Earth and the family of Heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our Brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite Love.
Adapted from The Desire of Ages, “God With Us.”