Father in Heaven,
The final two entries in Luke's genealogy of Jesus says it all. Lord Christ, you truly are "the son of Adam, the son of God" (Luke 3:38). There's simply no one like you. Deep waters, indeed, are the mystery of your incarnation. Remaining what you were, you became what you were not. You are fully God and fully man. Alternative explanations are unbiblical not to mention heretical (2 Peter 2:1-3). You upheld the universe by the word of your power even as you were wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in a manger (Hebrews 1:3; Luke 2:7). In every respect you were tempted as we are, yet God cannot be tempted by evil (Hebrews 4:15; James 1:13). You were identified as the son of God even as you breathed your last (Mark 15:39). At your ascension you were taken up from us, yet you unequivically affirm that you are with us always (Acts 1:11; Matthew 28:20). Such juxtapositions simply boggle the mind. We are in awe of you, O Christ!
Come, Holy Spirit...and quicken the minds and hearts of those you indwell at Mound Evangelical Free Church! Grant that each and every one of us would recognize the shattering importance of this ancient doctrine today. Lord Jesus...image of the one true and invisible God...woo us away from our idolatry and be the only worthy and all-satisfying object of our worship. In your incarnation you demonstrated profound humility, and as the servants of the house are not greater than its Master, may we exibit humility in all we say and do. Finally, Lord Jesus, the goal of your incarnation is glorification. Both yours and our own. You became what we are (without sin) in order to make us entirely what you are (without sin!). So, be the firstborn among many brothers. We are predestined to be conformed to your image. When we see you we will be like you. Such realities are almost too wonderful to contemplate but may we do exactly that. May we meditate on these truths often. For your glory, our joy, and the forward motion of our mission. We we worship you, Lord Jesus, son of Adam, son of God!
In Jesus' Name,
“We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate…one Person in two natures.”
-Article 4 of the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America