Â If I was an unbelieverâ€”someone unconvinced by divine revelation of the absolute truth of the Christian faithâ€”the greatest doctrinal stumbling block for me would undoubtedly be the doctrine of the Incarnation. The Incarnation is to me the most astonishing truth in all of Scripture. The Creator we read about at the beginning of the Old Testament is the baby that we read about at the beginning of the New Testament.
At the heart of the Gospel is this astounding truth: God became a man in the man Christ Jesus. Although I readily admit the difficulty of getting oneâ€™s head around this incredible doctrine, I spurn the worldâ€™s reproach of Christians for embracing it. After all, what right does this world have to poke fun at my belief in the Incarnation when it has bought into the cockamamie theory of evolution.Â Â
While it is true that I proudly profess to believe the scriptural truth that God became a man, the world unabashedly adheres to the ludicrous theory that a monkey became a man. What we Christians believe is truly amazing, but what the world believes is certainly absurd.Â
Unlike the theory of evolution and its elusive missing link, my belief in the Incarnation is substantiated by corroborating evidence. According to the Apostle Paul, the Resurrection is proof positive of the Incarnation. If a man accurately predicts his own death, promises afterward that Heâ€™ll rise from the dead, and then pulls it off, you can pretty much believe anything He says, even His claim to deity.
Do you remember when the religious leaders of Jesusâ€™ day demanded a miraculous sign from Him to corroborate His Messianic claims (Matthew 12:38-40)? Obviously, their unbelieving eyes were blinded to the miracles of the Master being daily performed all around them. Thus, they insisted upon some other indisputable evidence to substantiate the deity of Christ. In response to their demand, Jesus declared, â€œAn evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; andthere shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was threedays and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.â€
According to Jesus, His resurrection serves as a sure sign of His deity. The resurrected Christ is undoubtedly God! He was proven to be so by His resurrection from the dead. Apart from theclaim of Christ, all human claims of divinity have ended in the same place; namely, aninescapable grave.
The tombs of the founders of the worldâ€™s other religions are occupied. It is only the tomb ofChrist that is empty. This, more than anything else, distinguishes the Christian faith from all other faiths.
Jerusalemâ€™s empty garden tomb speaks volumes about Bethlehemâ€™s occupied manger.