Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. So who is Jesus? If he is just a man, he has little to offer. His teaching is time-honored and leads to a happier life, but the separation between a Holy and Righteous God and sinful man still exists. We need a Savior who provides a way to deal with sin because it created a gulf between God and man. His divine nature is such that all sin is repugnant and repulsive to Him. As a result, the relationship between God and man broke. Since God created man to fellowship with Him, He had to come up with a plan to set the world right again and restore our relationship…a way to deal with the sin that separates us from Him.
Jesus is the way, The Holy Spirit over shadowed Mary. Jesus is God’s son…fully God and fully man.
So why did He come as a man? God created Adam in His image and gave him dominion over the earth. (I know this doesn’t jive with what many people believe. But this verse makes it clear.)
Genesis 1:28 (KJV)
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion (authority) over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God put man in charge. But Adam and Eve brought sin into the world through their disobedience to God’s only command. God told Adam not to eat from the tree of Good and Evil or the tree of Life. First Eve, then Adam disobeyed God’s decree. The sin of disobedience corrupted the heart of man and disrupted all of creation. The entire earth, plants and animals…not just humans fell. God created the earth in perfection. There were never meant to be earthquakes, bad storms, or natural disasters of any kind. Now the world became a place where sin and corruption reigned instead of love and harmony.
Jesus came as a man because only man has authority in the earth and could make the necessary changes. Only a man could restore things and set things right. He came as God to live a life of righteousness and holiness…never once sinning. This created a new pattern for man to life by. He provided the means for the salvation and restoration all of creation needs to come back into order with our Creator and God. There was just one more thing needed to set things right. Punishment for sin.
The Old Testament helps us understand a blood sacrifice is necessary to bring atonement for sin. The sins of the people were placed on the innocent lamb. The lamb died in place of the people. This is what Jesus did for all people. He was truly innocent of any wrongdoing…completely sinless. He was perfect in every way, something no other human could ever do. When the time came, He freely gave His life in the place of every human past, present and future. He took all the sins of the world and died in our place. Now, through our simple faith, accepting the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice, we too can be saved.
The second we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life, our stoney corrupted heart is removed. God replaces it with a heart alive to God. It is filled with the love of Jesus. We are adopted into God’s family as His sons and daughters. Our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and when our earth suit (body) dies, our spirit goes to be with Father God in Heaven.
This is all so amazing. *That God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life with our Father in Heaven.
Jesus’ love for us is so very great. It is beyond all understanding. Yet, He lived, died and rose again for you and me. He is calling each of us to give our life to Him, to let go of all disobedience to the Word of God, selfish desire for things of this world, and sin (greed, jealousy, gossip, back biting, slander, lying, arrogant, filled with anger). Just as you are, sins and all, He is calling you. And once you make that commitment, He asks that you walk with Him, yoked to Him, doing His work on this earth, and bringing light to a dark and dying world.
If you have not asked Jesus into your heart why not do so now? If Jesus is already your Savior, recommit your life to Him. The future will become darker and darker. Jesus is the light. He can and will light the way. We will need His strength and guidance to get through evil times ahead.