In the fall, I was finishing up some edits for my publisher for a children’s book. My purpose for writing this picture book was to get kiddos excited about reading God’s Word. It reads like a fast-paced highlight reel of the Bible, presenting miracles, amazing characters, and spectacular events, so of course, I included Jesus coming to earth.
According to the publisher’s theological review team, that’s what needed fixed. I learned that technically, it is not accurate to say, “Jesus came to earth.” Jesus, as a human, did not come to earth because He did not have a human nature before He came to earth. But it is correct to say, “God came to earth” or “God’s Son came to earth.” I appreciated the clarification.
Think about it this Christmas season: God, the Creator of all, came to earth and took on the form of a human. The apostle Paul describes it this way. “He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human.” (Philippians 2:6-7 The Message).
What an amazing gift to the world. God became man so that mankind could have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with the God of the universe!
Note: My rhyming picture book, The Greatest Book Ever! (A Little Book about the Greatest Book), is scheduled for release September 2023 from B&H Publishing (Lifeway Christian Resources).
Where do you get that thought that “God, the Creator of all, came to earth and took on the form of a human. ” and why should He Who is eternal and no man can see do such a thing and by doing so prove He is someone who does not say the truth, because many came to see Jesus and did not fall death. And God who can not die did than fake his death on the stake, for what reason?
The idea that God, the Creator of all, came to earth and took on human form is based on Scripture. The Bible explains this in John 1:1-18, Philippians 2:5-11, and many other Scriptures. God did such a thing, came to earth as a human, as Jesus, in order to pay for and die for the sins of the world. John 3:16-17 explains, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross. The Romans made sure he was dead. But on the following Sunday, Jesus rose back to life and was seen by hundreds of eye witnesses.
I’m so excited you got to have a theological team review your manuscript!!!! That is big time, Girl. 😉