August 9, 2022     2:55 pm
229. Week of Fifth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
And the Word was made flesh
          And the Word was made flesh.   John 1:14
          The Word, the eternal Word, has become flesh. The only-begotten Son of the Father became Mary's son. God became man. This is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary. He is true man. It was not a phantom body that people saw, nor did He assume a human body only temporarily as when He invested Himself with a body whenever He appeared to the saints of Old Testament times. No, He became a true man. Very frequently He called Himself "the Son of Man." (John 3:14) The Holy Spirit, in Scripture, calls Him the "Man Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 2:5) He has a true human body. After His resurrection He said to His disciples: "Behold my hands and my feet that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have." (Luke 24:39) He has a true human soul. In Gethsemane He said: "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death." (Matt. 26:38) He walked about and stood, He slept and waked, He hungered and thirsted, He grieved and He rejoiced, yes, He died and became alive again. On the last day He, the Son of Man, will come in His glory. (Matt. 25:31) He was, He is, and He will remain a true man. He, the Man Christ Jesus, who, however, also is God and the Lord of heaven, is the last Adam, the second man, who restores all things that we lost in the first Adam, the first man: righteousness, life, and eternal salvation. Both according to His person and to His office He is the Mediator, the only Mediator between God and man. (1 Tim. 2:5) And you must firmly believe Him to be such.
          PRAYER: - O great God, eternal Son of the eternal Father, I praise Your incomprehensible compassion, which You have shown in becoming true man and our Mediator, in order that, as the second Adam of the human race, You might reconcile us to God and give us righteousness and salvation. Grant me grace to believe that You became true man to redeem the human race, and thus be assured that God is gracious to me and will give me eternal life. Amen

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