OF JESUS CHRIST
In the tenth Kontakion of the Akathist to the Theotokos is the following verse on which this article is based.
“Willing to save the world, the Ruler of all came to it spontaneously. And though as God He is our Shepherd, for us He appeared to us as a Man; and having called mankind by His own perfect Manhood, as God he hears Alleluia!”
“Called mankind by His own Perfect Manhood!”
The Lord would not appear before men unless He humbled himself to become like us, and became incarnate. Being the highest God, he lowered himself, took on our nature and became one of us, who originally came from the earth. This very close humble and wonderful intimacy of God with man was not only to set him free and bring him to salvation. This because the Lord’s will must be fulfilled which occurs when His purpose is accomplished. In the beginning of the Bible He clearly stated His final purpose when He proclaimed the reason for creation, saying: “Let us create man in our own image according to our likeness.”
Jesus Christ, Son of the Perfect Woman, the Virgin Mary, is that Perfect Man in the image and likeness of God. God’s desire is that all men become His perfect image and likeness. He began with the creation of the first man Adam, in His own image but having the potential to also become His likeness.