Explain the Incarnation? The human mind can grasp the fact but never adequately explain it. It is a divine mystery that is beyond human comprehension.
There is much about the Christian faith that, because it is supernatural and has to do with God himself, must be accepted by faith and then acted upon in that light.
This is not an unreasonable demand. Many things that are part of our lives are to us unexplainable. We simply accept them by faith.
Who can explain electricity? We know that it exists; that it can be generated and transmitted; that it can produce light, heat, and power; that, misdirected or uncontrolled, it can kill; that it can be stored in batteries; that it can be measured in volts and watts. We recognize that electricity is a fundamental physical agency and that it can be described in terms of electrons and protons that have opposite qualities—positive and negative, repelling and attracting.
But to this day science has never come to a full understanding of this strange and mysterious force. Explanations are largely limited to facts about it that can be demonstrated, and, knowing these facts, we accept and make use of electricity by faith.
When we speak of the Incarnation of Jesus, the Son of God, who came into this world in the person of a little baby, who grew to manhood and for three years taught, preached, and healed, who died on a cross for the redemption of mankind and then arose from the grave, overcoming the power of death, and who went back to heaven and will some day return to this earth in power and great glory to judge and to rule—when we speak of these things, we are dealing with a set of historical incidents. But at the same time we are speaking of a profound mystery that must be accepted by faith, ...1
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