Its All Grace

The incarnation is not just a warm-up to the cross and resurrection; it’s an essential part of the drama.  It’s part of God’s tattoo.  God, out of His own free choice (grace), took the initiative (grace) to step down into our humanity (grace) – and not just any part of humanity, but one clothed with humility and shame (grace) – in order to bridge the gap between God and man (grace) and therefore reclaim that genuine relationship He desires with us (grace).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 141

He Has Been There

The incarnation is a powerful demonstration of grace, since it shows that GOd doesn’t care for our needs but loves us to the point of experiencing our needs.  He not only knows our pain, but He has felt our pain.  He not only knows when we feel lonely, discouraged, scared or exhausted – He has been there.  (II Corinthians 8:9)

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 140

The Incarnation Colors Our View of Grace

Jesus didn’t just float through life, scoffing at temptation as though it were spoiled milk.  His obedience was an agonizing trial that He learned through prayer, perseverance and many tears (sound familiar?).  Jesus was human.  The incarnation colors our black and white view of grace.  The incarnation takes Edenic intimacy to new Himalayan heights.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 138-139