“I must, I will, become a man”

He took not on Him the nature of angels.” – Hebrews 2:16

The translation of our authorised version runs thus:-“He took not on Him the nature of angels.” Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when He came from heaven to die, did not take upon Himself the nature of angels…but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.” Let us notice the wisdom and the love of this, and I think there will be something to cause us to glorify God for so doing.

If Christ had taken upon Himself the nature of angels, He could never have made an atonement for man. Setting aside the thought that if He came to save man it would have seemed improper if He had come in the garb of angels, you must allow, that if He had done so, He could not have seen death. How could angels die? We can suppose that their spirit may become extinct, if God should will it; we can suppose the entire annihilation of that to which God alone supplies immortality; but since angels have no bodies, we cannot suppose them capable of death, for death is the separation of the body and the soul; therefore, it behooved Christ that He should take upon Himself the form of a man, that He might become obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Had angels been standing by, they would have said, “Oh! mighty Master, take our radiant robes. Oh! take not the poor every-day garb of humanity, take our glittering garments all bedight with pearls.” And Gabriel would have said, “Come, take my wings, Thou mighty Maker, and I shall count myself too honoured to have lost them for Thy sake. There, take this crown and this mantle of azure, wherewith to clothe Thyself, Thou Son of God; put my silver sandals on Thy feet; become not man, but an angel, if Thou wilt stoop.” “But no,” He would have said, “Gabriel, if I were in thy dress I could not fight with death; I could not sleep in the tomb; I could not feel the pangs and agony of dissolution, therefore, I must, I will, become a man.” “He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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