God Becomes Man

The greatest non-fiction story in history: God became man to redeem humanity. Isn’t it amazing what God did? He became human to rid our lives of the eternal consequences of sin, whereby we could experience His life and be with Him forever. If not for this spectacular event, no one could be saved.

I think about this often. I am utterly amazed how the God of the Universe (all-powerful and infinitely complex) would become like one of us, that the Creator would choose to dwell within human flesh.

We know that Jesus Christ (who was fully God) became fully human. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice, our substitute. Jesus took the punishment we deserved. He made a way for us, redeeming us from our sin. He could do this because he was born without sin and lived a life without sin.

As we approach this Easter season I am so grateful that God loved us so much He would choose to live as a man for eternity. He was tempted, tried, and suffered for us; he was beaten, mocked, and died a gruesome death on the cross. He took the sin of the world upon His shoulders, all because of His love for us. There is no greater love than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Philippians 2:6-8 (NASB) “[Jesus] who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

This Easter season let’s remember what our Great God did for us: He saved us from the penalty of sin and gave us abundant life. Let’s be thankful, daily, for this wonderful gift.