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Have you ever stopped to consider that the incarnation was a mission trip? Jesus thought our wellbeing was important enough that he left his home turf on high to come, not just to a foreign land, but in a foreign form. Missionaries to another country will often adopt native dress and customs to be more effective. In order to accomplish his mission of saving the world from the disease of sin, God needed more than a change of clothes. God, who is Spirit, “became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

We can’t begin to contemplate what risk, what sacrifice, what condescension this entailed. What God did has no equivalent. But you get a hint of what it would be like if you became an amoeba and entered the anatomy of other human beings in order to heal cancer, knowing that the very ones you came to heal would do their level best to kill you.

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