Born to Reign
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-3, 14
…You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
In contrast to all the other times God had entered time and space to visit Earth, on this one night Jesus Christ became a man to live with men. In becoming a man, Jesus is called “the last Adam”, comparing the first man with the first God-man. This comparison reveals an attribute of the incarnation of Christ well-worth consideration.
Man was made in God’s image and after His likeness. (Gen. 1:26) Many have tried to determine what this actually means, but let’s focus on the change that we see in the coming of Christ. Romans says that He came in the likeness of sinful flesh. (Rom. 8:3) Men had destroyed themselves, their sin separating them from the Most High. So Adam was created in the likeness of God, but Christ had to enter into a fallen world and became the likeness of sinful flesh.
When Adam was created, he was by all consideration “perfect”. However, on that fateful day when man first sinned against God, all of creation fell. In contrast, we look at the God-man Jesus Christ. He not only lived a perfect life, but He was able to redeem the fallen world. Not only did He undo the actions of the first Adam, but He also lifted us higher than the angels in heaven through salvation. How could this be done? How could we be lifted to such a high throne as the one described for all those who believe?
But one testified in a certain place, saying,
“What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”
For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
When looking at the book of Hebrews, we see the deity of Christ in chapter one and the humanity of Christ in chapter two. Christ rules as the God of Heaven and Earth, but these verses emphasize that He also rules as man because it is man’s destiny to rule God’s creation. Back in Genesis, it says that man is to have dominion and rule the creation God had given rule to him. But man could not rule because he failed and fell. This inheritance was left unclaimed for thousands of years as God waited for a perfect man to take it up and rule as a man – to fulfill the destiny of a man. This is why it mentions that Jesus became lower than the angels. He had to become man. It is not until we hear the cries of a baby in a manger outside of Bethlehem and the cries from the cross outside of Jerusalem that we see the perfect man! Now we see Jesus ascended to His throne as a ruling man and He bids us to come with Him in His victory to reign.