What was the greatest miracle ever?

Chris —  December 21, 2012 — 10 Comments

Suppose I asked you to name the greatest miracle that ever took place?  If you know the Bible you have lots to choose from.  God rescued three from a blazing furnace.  He closed the mouths of lions and demolished the walls of Jericho.  Blind men saw; lame men walked.  God parted the Red Sea and the children of Israel walked through on dry ground.  But, none of these are the greatest miracle.  Even God speaking creation into existence is not the greatest miracle.

The incarnation is the greatest miracle that ever took place.

The incarnation was when Jesus, though God Himself, was born as a baby in Bethlehem.  God became humanity without in any way ceasing to be deity.

According to theologian Wayne Grudem,

“[The incarnation] is by far the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible – – far more amazing than the resurrection and more amazing even than the creation of the universe.  The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join himself to a human nature forever, so that infinite God became one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe (Grudem, 563).”

Paraphrasing John Murray, “The incarnation means that God who never began to be . . . as God, began to be what he eternally was not (Murray, Vol. 2, 132).  It is the most amazing, the most incredible miracle that will ever happen.

And, the reason Christ became humanity was that He might win the victory and deliver His people from sin.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. . . Amazing.

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10 responses to What was the greatest miracle ever?

  1. Profound quotes for a profound event. Printing… filing…

    Wishing you and yours a Christ-exalting Incarnation celebration.

  2. Thanks Dan. Merry Christmas!

  3. “Incarnation Celebration” That’s good. Merry Christmas, you guys.

  4. Now that is the REAL reason we celebrate Christmas. Thanks. Will remind people of this this Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas

  5. “For the sun to fall from its sphere, and be degraded into a wandering atom; for an angel to be turned out of heaven, and be converted into a silly fly or worm, had been no such great debasement; for they were but creatures before, and so they would abide still, though in an inferior order or species of creatures. The distance betwixt the highest and lowest species of creatures is but a finite distance. The angel and the worm are not so far apart. But for the infinite glorious Creator of all things to become a creature is a mystery exceeding all human understanding. The distance between God and the highest order of creatures is an infinite distance.” John Flavel (1627-1691)

  6. “The distance between God and the creature is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience unto Him as their Creator, yet they could never have any fruition of Him as their blessedness and reward, but by some voluntary condescension on God’s part, which He hath been pleased to express b way of covenant.” Westminster Confession of Faith, VII.1.

  7. I believe the greatest miracle is when God saves our soul fills us with the holy ghost.

  8. Michael – – it is amazing that God saves sinners so that we are born again by the Holy Spirit.

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