A Great and Mighty Wonder
What a wonder that God became man! For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) This is a mighty deed! For God's Son to have died, he first came to earth and took on human form. Earlier in the Gospel of John, The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Jesus, God's Son, one person in the Trinity, became one of us, but yet remained God.
The vocabulary word for God taking human form is incarnate. Other synonyms are: in the flesh, in physical form, in bodily form, and made flesh. Jesus is our God incarnate. Indeed, this is a difficult concept for humans to grasp; it is a great and mighty wonder!
In the words of the Christmas hymn, A Great and Mighty Wonder (LSB 383:2),
The Word becomes incarnate And yet remains on high,
And cherubim sing anthems To shepherds from the sky.
The hymn writer conveys the great exultation of the Word becoming flesh and yet maintaining his Godliness. Even the angels sing of this awesome incomprehensible event to the lowly people of earth.
--Faith Jonas, TLO Parish Music Coordinator