And the Word became flesh. (John 1:14)
Read: Belgic Confession, Articles 18-19
You can feel the sense of urgency when you read Article 18 of the Belgic Confession. The author, Guido de Bres, is determined that you rightly understand that Jesus Christ is truly, honestly, fully human. He insists that the Son of God took on a human nature with all its weaknesses, except for sin. He piles up Scripture verses to support his claim. He argues with his opponents and lines up the prophets on his side.
What’s at stake here? Why does Guido de Bres want you to grasp this important truth? He is so insistent because our salvation depends on it! The very last line of Article 18 says: “In this way Christ is truly our Immanuel, that is – ‘God is with us.’” God took everything that is ours upon himself when God became incarnate in Jesus Christ. This means that God-in-Christ is able to heal us completely from the sin that wounds us and save us convincingly from the evil that threatens to destroy us.
Jesus fully shares our humanity. This is a great comfort to us. For as Hebrews 4:15 reminds us, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.”
Lord Jesus Christ, as you are with us in our humanity, strengthen us to be with others, in your name. Amen.