Apprentices Into Artisans

St. Athanasius, chief defender of Christian orthodoxy in the fourth century, wrote, “God became man so that men might become gods.” The incarnation, at its heart is about identification, participation, and imitation – not just substitution (God doing for us what we can’t do for ourselves). Jesus Christ didn’t just appear on earth to become everything we were not, He surged into our world to empower us to become everything He was. Jesus entered humanity to affirm, love, and train apprentices into artisans. The incarnation is about God putting on skin, not to advertise how defective we are and how good He is – but to demonstrate how good we can become by training in an intimate apprenticeship with Him.