Veiled in Flesh Appearing
Alistair Begg wrote about pro-golf caddy Andrew Martinez. Caddies play an important, though largely unseen role in the world of golf. As a person, Martinez is a great family man, and a great golfer in his own right. He is also a phenomenal backgammon player. He is sought after for his advice to the professional golfers on the tour.
But when it’s time for the game to begin, Andrew disappears into a dressing room and emerges in overalls that designate him as the man to carries the clubs. A servant. Nothing of who Andrew is as a person ceases to exist; he simply now occupies a different role.
When Jesus came to earth, He also “put on” flesh. “Veiled in flesh the godhead see, Hail th’ incarnate Deity, born as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Immanuel.”
But the flesh that Jesus donned was not a temporary “coverall.” He was made like us. And yet, He never ceased being the essence of Who He was in eternity past.
It’s a mystery. And yet, Jesus the “God-man” emptied Himself, and “put on” flesh and still today dwells in that same flesh-blood-and-bone body that walked the dusty streets of Nazareth and Galilee. It’s a mystery that will take an eternity to understand and to celebrate.
But we can begin the celebration here and now.