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But Why Did God Become Man?

3 Reasons why God became man:

1.    God became fully man...
       to give us an example of how to live. 

Hebrews 4 : 15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are
—yet was without sin.

What a loving God we serve, who sent His Son to be a living example for us, his enemies. Jesus lived as a spotless example to all of us, for all time. 

Living as an example is so critical…even though Jesus lived a couple of centuries ago, the challenges he faced were very similar to the challenges that every one of us must endure.

Jesus grew weary, got hungry and thirsty and suffered in ways that are unimaginable. Yet he remained sinless.

We are so tempted to think that our trial is one that no one else understands or has experienced, but this is simply not so. Look to Jesus. He’s been there.

We can be encouraged by Christ, because we know He understands our suffering. As rebellious and arrogant as we can sometimes be, we would surely not respect or listen to Him, had he not gone before us into the fiery trials of life. Thank you, Lord.

2.    God became fully man...
       because it was man who owed a debt to God. 

Galatians 4:4–5
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

All people are guilty of breaking God’s law, because we are all sinful. Jesus had to be born “under the law”, as all people are born under the law, so that in His sinlessness, he could both keep the law, and fulfill it. He, as a human being, was able to take away our guilt with his righteousness. Praise be to you, O God!

3.    God became fully man...
       because humanity owed a debt it couldn’t pay.

We just don’t have the means to pay it. Not now and not ever. This was a God-sized debt, and only God could forgive it. But the law required a blood sacrifice…

Leviticus 17:11(NIV)
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar;
it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.

In Old Testament times, it was the blood of animals that were sacrificed to the Lord. But Jesus Christ became the Lamb without sin and sacrificed His own life, for us. 

Hebrews 9:22
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood,
and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. 

Humanity needed forgiveness and humanity needed to pay a debt to God. It is only by the blood of Christ that we are forgiven this, and all debt. Amen!

It is important to recognize that Jesus was fully God and fully man. It is a mystery that man cannot fully understand, but our salvation is dependent upon that fact. 

God became man and rescued us from this life of sin and death.
Hallelujah and Amen!

Toni