Jesus Christ was Born to Die

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Monthly Agenda Article for December 2012

King David spoke the following words about the Son of David (Messiah Jesus) in Psalm 40:6-8, which were quoted verbatim by the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews, in Chapter 10, verses 5-10: Consequently, when Christ came into the world, He said, "Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but a body have You prepared for Me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings You have taken no pleasure. Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God, as it is written of Me in the scroll of the book.'" When He said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), then He added, "Behold, I have come to do Your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” 

What we have just read provides us with the, “The Christmas Story According to Jesus Christ.” Yes, here we learn from our Lord’s own lips as to why He came to earth as a man (Philippians 2:5-11)! His first advent was about His coming to die! At a time of year when people are caught up with the annual excitement of unveiling their collections of nativity scenes and are enamored with “the baby” Jesus in the manger, it is of utmost concern that God’s people do not lose the obvious importance of the primary reason for this season – that our Lord was sent from heaven by His Father to be the Savior of the world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2)! Let us read it again, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but a body have You prepared for Me. That is, the Father prepared a sinless human body for His Son from which He would be clothed, while He walked upon this sin-soaked planet for a Divinely-appointed period of thirty-three years. This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men (Acts 2:23). Why? So that He might be the perfect Lamb of God who was to be sacrificedAnd while upon earth, He fulfilled God’s Holy Law perfectly (Matthew 5:17), through His living an obedient and sinless life, 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 (Hebrews 4:15)These wonderful truths help us to clearly understand why John the Baptist cried out, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)! Indeed, the bloody sacrificial system could never take away our sins. It was always meant to be a picture of what our sin has caused – death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 3:3; Romans 6:23)! Therefore, God never took pleasure in OT sacrifices and offerings. Why? Because they were never able to save sinners! Instead, we needed a perfect sacrifice – a sinless Lamb of God. This Lamb-God-man would come to save us by both His life and death: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life (Romans 5:10)So then, He had to come to earth in a human “body” to live His life without sin in order to become our perfect Passover LambFor Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed (1 Corinthians 5:7)Our Lord was an obedient Son. He was driven to earth by His glad obedience to His Father. He came to die! Christmastime is ultimately about the cross! This cross-work was accomplished by the sinless Son of God for His sheep (John 10:11, 14-15, 27-29). Put one final way, it was for those who are, sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. What a Savior! For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)And what a Servant! 

 

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