December 18, 2010

Born to Die

December 18, 2010
God’s Son came into this world in a very unique way and for a very unique purpose. Hebrews 10:5-7 gives us a brief glimpse into heaven prior to Jesus’ incarnation on earth and takes us into the conversation that God the Son had with the Father and the Spirit at the time of His incarnation:

“Therefore, when He came into the world, He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, Behold, I have come -- In the volume of the book it is written of Me -- To do Your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:5-7).

This passage takes us into heaven and provides a window into our Lord’s heart as He prepared to enter this world in order to die on our behalf. The godhead had forever been in constant fellowship with one another. For the first time in all eternity God the Son was being sent from the glories and splendor of heaven into a world tainted by sin.

The body prepared for Jesus through the incarnation would enable Him to die. The baby born to Mary, wrapped in strips of cloth, and laid in a manger came for one purpose: to fulfill the Father’s will and die. Jesus was born to die. The question is, “Why?” The following four Scriptures give some insight:

Jesus was born to die because sin needed to be condemned
“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3).

Jesus was born to die because death needed to be conquered
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).

Jesus was born to die because Satan needed to be crushed
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Jesus was born to die because you needed to be cleansed
“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted”
(Hebrews 2:17-18).

Long before the foundation of the world was ever laid Jesus knew He was going to be the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world and endure the wrath of God in the process. This Christmas, take some time to reflect on why Jesus came. Express your gratitude to God for the Salvation you have been granted because of God’s grace, “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9).