I’m sure you’ve seen the Geico commercial where the man teaches three guinea pigs to row a little boat while another one cries “row”. And the man says, “Such a simple word, ‘row’.”
I thought about that recently as I was thinking about Paul’s words in Philippians 2:5-8 where he tells of what some have called Jesus’ “7 steps down from Glory.” It can be broken down this way:
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God,
- did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- but emptied Himself,
- taking the form of a bond-servant,
- and being made in the likeness of men.
(Then) Being found in appearance as a man
- He humbled Himself
- by becoming obedient to the point of death,
- even death on a cross.”
The first three steps take place in heaven, and the last three take place on earth, but it’s that 4th step that creates the transition between heaven and earth. The last part of verse 7 says, “…and being made in the likeness of men.” That little word “made” is the key word here.
Such a simple word… “made…”
The word literally means “to come into being.” This… is… the Incarnation. Jesus was “made in the likeness of men.” He was born. He came into the world through the birth canal. He was attached to His mother by His umbilical cord… but He had His Father’s blood. His birth was for real. He didn’t “just appear.” He was born, just like you and I were. He didn’t come into existence in Bethlehem, but He was “made” in the likeness of men. And you know what? He still has that body.
Such a simple word, “made…” but oh what significance!
Oh, and think about this… Jesus has a bellybutton. Doesn’t that just blow you away?