In the past few days, you were probably in a conversation about Felix Baumgartner’s recent 24-mile skydive from space. Why? Because it was amazing.
I walked into our home after running errands to see my entire family fully glued to the television as Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space to land safely on the earth.
My kids were spellbound. We could not believe what we were seeing. That a single person would travel from the heavens to the earth was mind-boggling.
And, the whole world agrees. Everything from the nightly news to social media has been buzzing ever since. Apparently, the notion that one man would come down from the heavens is something that God has hardwired deep within all of us as something profoundly gripping in our soul.
But, it wasn’t the first time or even the greatest trip. Jesus did something even more amazing. With the images of the skydive in your mind, consider Jesus’ words in John 6:38, “I have come down from heaven.” The common language in Scripture for the second member of the Trinity coming down from heaven to walk about the earth as a human being is the incarnation (from the Latin meaning “becoming flesh”). John 1:14 says the Word, the second person of the Trinity, became flesh. John’s point is that the eternal, invisible God took on a totally physical body so that we could see him. This literally means that he became “meat.” Much like “chili con carne” where carne means “meat,” the incarnation teaches that Jesus took upon himself a literal human body. Subsequently, incarnation (“in” plus “carne”) means “in flesh.”
Roughly 2,000 years ago, there was an even more amazing history-changing, reality-altering visit to our planet from the heavens. And, he is coming again! In fact, the closing lines of the Bible in Revelation say this, “‘Surely I [Jesus] am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”