March 27, 2013
Christ, being God in the Person of the Son, became a man to dwell with mankind, to live a perfect sinless life, and become the supreme sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. John 1:1 tells us that: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 14 goes on to say: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” The Apostle Paul amplifies this great truth in 1 Timothy 3:16: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” The reason for this is that: “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
It is an awesome and wondrous fact that Christ, our redeemer is both God and man. To put it simply, God set the preremerders for mankind in the Garden of Eden when He first created man. Here He gave the instructions for our conduct along with the punishment for disobedience to His divine word. His preset perimeters required a sinless blood sacrifice for the remission (forgiveness) of sins. Since mankind was unable to pay this price of redemption himself, God provided the ultimate sacrifice by offering Himself in the person of the Son to be the propitiation (substitution) sacrifice for mankind. See again John 3:16. Through belief and acceptance of His perfect sacrifice for our sins we become sons (children) of God as stated in John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Not only did God become man to save us from our sins, but He also tasted life in all its disappointments and sorrows for us that He may feel our pain and be the healer of all our problems. The following Scriptures paint a picture of how Christ suffered for our benefit.
Luke 24:46, 47: “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: (47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Hebrews 2:9, 10: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
Hebrews 4:15, 16: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
(16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Isaiah 53:4, 5 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
(5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
As Paul the great apostle said, it is a mystery without controversy that God became flesh in order to be able to bleed and die to save us from our sins. When His love is shed abroad in our hearts (Rom. 5:5) we are made to wonder how such a great Personage could become as a poor mortal man in order that we as mere debauchery sinners may become cleansed sons of God to share all the splendors of Heaven for all eternity with Him! It’s all because of His love. His love is unfathomable to say the least!
The prophet Isaiah gives more insight to this grand theme: “Yet it pleased the LORD [God the Father] to bruise him; [Christ the Son] he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:10, 11).
A spirit being could not have done this for us. It took a physical flesh and blood body to suffer and die. The ONLY acceptable sacrifice could have been the sinless Son of God Himself. That is why He had to become man. But in becoming man He retained all His Godly attributes. He took on a fleshly body for a short duration of time that we may be able to take on a spiritual body for all eternity. When we really understand this we can only say in wonder and amazement, “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!”
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