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Why would the Son of God want to become human? What would possess Him to leave His eternal home to enter this world plagued by pain and sorrow? Why would He give up the worship of angels to endure abuse at the hands of sinful man? Why did God become a man?

Max Lucado in his book "God Came Near" wrote this:

"God had come near. He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that first held Him were unmanicured, calloused and dirty. No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts. Angels watched as Mary changed God's diaper. The universe watched with wonder as The Almighty learned to walk. Children played in the street with him. And had the Synagogue leader in Nazareth known who was listening to his sermons--Jesus may have had pimples. He may have been tone-deaf. Perhaps the girl down the street had a crush on him or vice-versa. It could be that his knees were bony. One thing's for sure: He was, while completely divine, completely human."

So why did God become a man? The answer will not be found in the first Christmas Story, but in the pages of the Old Testament. In fact in the Garden of Eden God revealed His plan that would rescue mankind from the mess they had made. As we see that plan unfold, we will discover exactly why God became a man.

(From Scott Chamber's Sermon "Why God Became a Man")

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