If you play soccer with a 4 year old boy named Jim you are not normally playing a full game. Most likely you will simply pass the ball back and forth, being careful not to kick the ball too far to one side or to hard, because you do not what to end up hitting Jim in the face. But wait…aren’t you limiting yourself by doing that? Well yes you are. But why do you if you could go twice as hard? Why not? We could ask the same question about God because, if God is infinite, how could He limit Himself in the person of Christ? God can do all things, and limited himself for our benefit.
Jesus accepted limitations as a human
(Luke 2:52) And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. So Jesus grew in stature meaning that he got stronger as he grew and taller
(John 4:6) Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour
Here we see that Jesus was tired and had to rest because he had been traveling. But not only in these ways was Jesus a human, but he has a human mind and soul, (Luke 2:52) Jesus grew in wisdom. Meaning that he was not born all knowing and (John 12:27) Now My soul has become troubled; So we can see that Jesus had the normal limitations of man!
How did an infinite God limit Himself in the person of Christ? God is infinite
(Psalm 119:160)- All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. God is transcendent
(Revelation 21:6) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
God is all powerful and can do anything; just as you limit yourself when playing soccer with a 4 year old. When God became man he did not cease to be God. There was no time when God was not all powerful. He was still in control when Christ was on the earth.
Why did God have to come as a man? The book systematic theology by Wayne Grudem stats that
“though the new testament clearly affirms that Jesus was fully human just as we are, it also affirms that Jesus was different in one important respect: he was without sin and he never committed sin during his lifetime. Some have objected that if Jesus did not sin then he was not truly human, for all humans sin. But those making that objection simply fail to realize that human beings are now in an abnormal situation. God did not create us sinful, but holy and righteous Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before they sinned were truly human, and we now, though human, do not mach the pattern that God intends for us when our full, sinless humanity is restored.”
So Jesus came to be the example of what we were supposes to be like, and to save us all by paying the price for our sins, if he had come down in a storm of lightning with fire coursing through his fingers. He would have looked a lot different. And we would probably believe in him out of pure fear instead of reverence.
So just like how you would be easy on Jim when playing soccer God came as some one we could understand. And he came to die for us and save us from our sin, for because he was sinless he was the only one who could pay for our sin by dieing on the cross. This is how a infinite God can limit himself to the person of Christ
Please comment if you have any questions 🙂
Messenger of Christ