Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
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- March 8, 2020
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2nd Sunday in Lent | March 8, 2020
THEME: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
SUB-THEME: The Humanity of Christ (2)
TOPIC: His Incarnation
John 1: 1-14: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Aim: To help us understand that although He was God, Jesus Christ became human by the Holy Spirit in order to saves in full and lost humanity
In Christian theology, the doctrine of the incarnation holds that Jesus is the living “divine Logos” (Word) and the “hypostasis” (individual existence of the dual nature of Christ as God and man). By taking on a human body and human nature, Jesus was made flesh and conceived in the womb of a woman. This affirms Jesus Christ as both fully God and fully human.
- What do you understand by the term “Incarnation”?
- What do the following passages teach about the incarnation of Christ? 1:18; John1:1-3,14;1Tim.3:16
- From the genealogical history of Christ in 1:1-17, discuss the sovereignty of God in the light of some personalities who were without a sterling reputation, but were among the ancestors of Christ. What lessons are there for us?
- Discuss the benefits of the Incarnation of Christ to mankind in the light of the following passages
God became man in order to reach mankind with the Gospel of Salvation. He left His throne above to take our nature upon Him for our salvation and deliverance. May we learn to appreciate and glorify Him in all that we do.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: God’s Son became a man for the sake of sinful men.