In our last article we looked at the negative effects that sin has on our lives. We saw how sin ultimately causes disruption in our relationships with other people and most importantly in our fellowship with God.
That first look included a review of how natural disasters can, in some part, be attributed to sin entering the world through the first sin committed by Adam and Eve. The way that the world is today is not how God intended things to be — nor are we. We also saw that there is nothing we can do to fix the problem of sin.
So, if we can’t fix the problem ourselves, who can?
God Became Man
Christianity provides an answer unlike any other: God became a man so that we might become sons and daughters of God — He became a man in the person of Jesus Christ! The importance of this event cannot be overstated.
The good news is that Jesus Christ — who is 100 percent God and 100 percent man –came down from heaven to live among humans. He shared in our suffering, healed the sick, taught us how to follow God and died on a cross for the sins of the world. Three days later He rose from the dead, claiming victory over death. And now we will look at why Jesus qualifies as the only perfect solution to save us from our sins and restore us to God.
The Bible has much to say about Jesus Christ and His unique role in human history. The Old Testament is full of prophesies about Him and in the New Testament we see many of these prophesies fulfilled. The earthly life of Jesus is recorded particularly in the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These books are the first books found in the New Testament.
It is in the gospels we discover a man unlike any other that has ever walked the earth. This man, Jesus, has been credited with bringing healing to people’s lives in their most humiliating and broken situations. Indeed, it is in the gospels that we learn about a man who is able to do the things that only God can do. For Jesus healed people’s lame legs and withered hands, freed them from bondage, eradicated deadly skin diseases and opened blind eyes. He cast out demons and even raised His best friend Lazarus from the dead!
Only God can do such works.
Forgiveness For Sins
One of the most compelling traits of Jesus’s uniqueness is His ability to forgive people’s sins. Indeed, no mere human being has the authority to forgive someone’s sins on behalf of God unless that human being is God Himself. Jesus was accused many times throughout the gospels of assuming the place of God because He claimed things about Himself that Jewish scripture (Old Testament) stated could only be credited to God.
Not only is Jesus God, but he is also a man, one that lived a life just like you and me. Unlike us, Jesus never sinned.
You may be thinking, “No one’s perfect. He never sinned even one time?” No, not even once.
Several books in the New Testament explicitly state that Jesus never sinned. Why would this fact be so important to Jesus’s followers and for those who recorded his life? Why should it be so important to us?
Quite simply it is this: only a sinless person is able to pay for our sins. Jesus’s unique role as both God and man is what qualifies Him to stand in our place in the face of God’s just wrath against our sinful state.
You see, God is perfect, sinless and infinitely holy. God created us in His likeliness, to demonstrate His love for us and to make it possible for us to show love to Him in return.
Sin Has Consequences
God cannot, however, tolerate sin and let it go unpunished — sin is against His very nature and being. Rather than let us die in our sins, God put on human flesh 2,000 years ago, becoming Jesus the babe in the manger. That is why we celebrate Christmas.
Jesus came to save us from our sins and restore our relationship with God. The perfect God-Man and only sinless human being to ever walk the face of our planet would do the unthinkable to solve the problem of sin: He would give His life freely on a cross and absorb all sins, taking the punishment we deserved upon Himself. He died for us because He knew the cost was well worth the victory.
In next week’s article titled “The Final Solution to Sin and Death,” we will spend explore the significance of the cross and what His death means to us personally.
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