God Became Man on Our Behalf
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 ESV
Selfishness and unwillingness are a part of my everyday life. I am constantly thinking of ways to make my life more convenient, and sometimes the thought of inconveniencing myself for the sake of someone else is exhausting. We live in a society full of lazy people…a society full of convenience and sin. As I reflect on this Christmas season, I am eternally thankful my Savior didn’t live a life of comfort for the sake of Himself; instead, our Holy Father willingly became fully man on our behalf to save us from the wrath we deserve.
I always reflect on the birth of Jesus and His death and resurrection (which are pivotal), but I tend to forget that Jesus was on Earth—just like you and me—and He experienced true emotions (Matthew 26:38, Matthew 8:10, John 13:21, Hebrews 5:7). He experienced every emotion humanly possible. He was tempted and tried, yet without sin. Jesus is like us in every respect—human body, heart, mind, and will—except for sin (Hebrews 4:15). How amazing it is that we have a Savior who would not just take on part of our humanity at His divine birth, but every aspect of it.
Sisters, we have an Advocate with the Father who can sympathize with us. Jesus put on our feelings along with our flesh. He was willing, unlike us, to not only be a sacrifice for our sins, but to fully become that sacrifice. As Paul Tripp says, “The Advent story reminds us that our past, present, and future hope rest not on our willingness, but on the willingness of the One for whom the angels sang, the shepherds worshipped, and the magi searched. Willing Jesus is the only hope for unwilling sinners!” (Come Let Us Adore Him, Advent Devotional). God became fully human and endured trials on our behalf. Praise God we have a willing Savior who came to save our broken and wandering souls.
Father, thank You for the most perfect gift: Your Son. Help me to reflect on the incarnation of Jesus, not only this Christmas, but for the rest of my life. I am so thankful I have a Savior who can relate to in every aspect of my life—mind, body, and soul. Amen.
Do you tend to forget about the miraculous gift of God becoming man on our behalf? Do you struggle with seeing how God could ever relate to us humans? Reflect on the life of Jesus in the Gospels.