It is in this backdrop that this paper likes to theorize that God becoming man in Jesus Christ is an act undertaken by God as the last chance of redemption for the human kind. This is so also because in all the depictions of the second coming, there is no allusion to redemption and salvation. According to Lewis, God became man so as to help humanity become one with the nature of God. 9 The “voluntary nature of Christ’s death” also is supposedly an indication that his mortal life as a man was different from the lives of other men. 10 By being born to a virgin and by choosing his death as if it was inevitable, Jesus has revealed enough miraculous signs regarding the importance of his death and his being God and man at the same time.
When Jesus said, “I and the Father are one”, in John 10:30, the very same fact is alluded to. 11 All these show that though being a mortal, Jesus was not comparable to other mortals at all. This distinctness of the mortality of Jesus becomes more meaningful when it anchors itself in the notion of resurrection.
And this is why St. Athanasius has observed that “through this union of the immortal Son of God with our human nature, all men were clothed with incorruption in the promise of the resurrection. ”12 The limits of human knowledge are considered by St. Athanasius as yet another set of reason why God had to become man in Jesus. 13 According to this point of view, Jesus Christ was a reminder of God, sent in the form of a mortal.
This is why it is said, “God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law. "14 Jesus showed an example that proved the high level of virtues that men were capable of having. All the same, it was also reminded that humans had a responsibility to act keeping in mind the likeliness that he has with God, and this is what Philippians said about Jesus: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also bath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father The way Jesus had to go through all the phases of life as ordinary men do and also the way in which he was tempted just like how ordinary people are tempted, are all indicative of the responsibility that each human being has to work for his own atonement.
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Rosado, August, The Serpent, the Seed and the Second Coming, Maitland, FL: Xulon Press, 2011.
Saint Athanasius (Patriarch of Alexandria) and St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation, Los Angeles: OrthodoxEBooks, 1996.
Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2009.