Jesus goes from zero to twelve in Luke chapter 2…then promptly to around 30 in Luke 3. Not much is shared about the life of Jesus as a child, teen, or young adult. Jesus came as a baby, and like any other human, He had to grow up. No fast-tracking this process…even for God in the flesh.
Have you ever given much thought to why Jesus was born? The fact that Jesus was a child and was BORN is significant. He didn’t come as an angel, or just appear as a fully developed great man, or as some sort of symbolic creature. He came like all of us came to earth, as a baby. In doing so, He knows fully what we go through and experience as humans from birth to death.
Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He came into the world as a human to die as a human.
He could not come save mankind as God alone; it also had to be as a man. He came as one of us to take our sins and make us whole through shedding of His human blood on the cross as a sacrifice.
Though Jesus was fully human, He lived a sinless life. Something impossible for us to do. When sin entered the world through the disobedient bite of forbidden fruit by man, it was carried on to all humans thereafter (see Romans 5:12). But Jesus is different. He didn’t have a biological human father. The seed of sin did not transfer to Jesus in His birth. He was fully human and fully God.
Since the time sin entered the world until Jesus came, the only way to have sins forgiven and be right with God was through the blood of a sacrifice. The person who was to be the Messiah and Savior of the world had to meet all the requirements of holiness to be a perfect and acceptable sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus was the only one who could fulfill the requirement to be pure, holy, and without blemish. Jesus, with His sacrificial death…His shedding of blood on the cross became the final and perfect sacrifice. He fulfilled the law and requirements once and for all!
His divinity (being God Himself) made Him uniquely qualified as an unblemished and perfect sacrifice. His humanity (being born a human) allowed Him to shed blood as our sacrifice; to take our human sins onto His human body. This combination gave Him the power to save.
Jesus needed to be fully human so that He could die, but He also needed to be fully God so that we may live. Incredible!
Yes, Jesus had to be God and without sin, but the humanity part mattered too. The true King of king and Lord of lords came as a baby.
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