Well “Mule Days” is upon us once again and we get to see the amazing beasts in action. Their owners laud the incredible abilities they demonstrate over and above the “inferior” horse or donkey. Just this morning I saw a mule drawn carriage making its way through the drive-thru at Starbucks. Only in Bishop. Mules, what a concept! Someone figured out that if you cross the horse with a donkey you get a mule, much stronger, more agile, and to my knowledge, they can see their hind feet so they are more stable along rocky mountain sides.
Seems like hybrids are all the rage nowadays, the fusion of two kinds of anything that produce a superior result. A horse with a donkey. A phone with a computer. An engine powered with both electricity and gasoline. Strawberry- Kiwi Gatorade. We act as though the idea is something new, like it hasn’t been thought of ever before. As always, however, God is way ahead of us.
In the Bible, John 1:1 tells us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Pretty simple. We understand that Jesus IS God and has been with Him for ALL time. John 1:14 continues, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” How about that? Jesus, the Word, became flesh. God became a man. The Supreme hybrid.
Unlike other hybrids, however, Jesus is not a 50/50 blend, he is 100% God and 100% man. Unlike other hybrids, which are a mixture of the two natures, in Jesus Christ, the divine nature is not mixed with the human nature; they are separate and distinct, comprising the divine Person of Christ. The great creeds affirm that Jesus is of the same substance of God the Father. We do not believe in multiple Gods, but in a godhead consisting of 3 persons.
Colossians 1:15 says, “He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Since the fullness of God was enjoined with the fullness of man, mankind had the opportunity to engage with Christ, to see the perfect image of the invisible God. God revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus. We were able to see God in the flesh as he dwelt and walked among us. In having God become a man in Christ we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with us in our struggles (Hebrews 4:15) as He has lived as a human.
God allowed the perfect hybrid so that the man Jesus could be the ultimate pure sacrifice for our sins. A sinless sacrifice was needed for the remission (taking away) of sins, and without God as the divine Father, the flesh would be tainted with original sin. He went to such great extremes to deliver us back into a right relationship with Him, a relationship that had been damaged by sin. It seems a little complex, I know, but God had a plan of rescuing us from before the beginning.
Isn’t it of some comfort that God was looking out for us before we even realized we needed Him?