Meditations on the Incarnation

In May of 2012 I gave a short list of day-by-day devotionals I recommend (see HERE).  Since then, I’ve come across a few more I’d recommend; I’ll update that list sooner than later and perhaps make it a dedicated page here on the blog (like I did with the kids’ books).

For now, I’d like to mention a devotional on the incarnation of Christ: Why Christ Came by Joel Beeke and William Boekestein.  This devotional is short; there are 31 brief meditations on various reasons why the Son of God took on human flesh.  Using various Scripture verses, Beeke and Boekestein explain the significance of the incarnation for sinners.

This devotional isn’t trendy; you won’t find cool one-liners or ambiguous evangelical phrases like “missional,” “intentional,” “messy,” and “authentic” in this book.  There’s no humor in the book, and the authors don’t talk about themselves or their hobbies.  This booklet isn’t cool or hip at all.

That’s why it’s so good; that’s why I recommend it.

Each devotional is a brief, straightforward, clear, and biblical discussion that has to do with our Savior, Immanuel, God-with-us.  There are no wasted words in the book.  It is meant to be a short read that will get you thinking biblically about salvation in Christ – what it means that he came for us and what it means to live in light of this gospel.  My only (minor) critique of the book is that it uses the KJV; it would be even more readable if a modern Bible translation was used.

However, I still highly recommend this daily devotional: Why Christ Came.  Whether you’re 18 or 80, whether you’re a newer Christian or a seasoned one, these brief meditations will help you set your eyes firmly on Christ, the Son of God, who came to seek and save the lost.

shane lems
hammond, WI

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2 comments on “Meditations on the Incarnation

  1. Doug Wallace says:

    Agreed, excellent book, solid and insightful.

  2. Sounds like a gem … someone was just asking me about devotionals and I had forgotten your post reviewing several from a while back. This looks like a helpful addition to that list as well!

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