Happy Tuesday peeps!!! I believe our day is going well. We started a series tagged SALVATION recently and you can get previous installments here, here, here and here. In today’s installment in the SALVATION series, we are going to be talking about Jesus’ perfect life on earth. Uhmm, I assume we all know the story of Jesus’ birth; born by the virgin, Mary. If you don’t know the story, you can just take out time to read about it in the first two chapters in the book of Luke. Different prophesies came forth before Jesus’ birth as recorded in the scriptures. This is one very specific one;
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. NIV
Immanuel simply means ‘God with us’ which perfectly describes who Jesus on earth was. Let’s note that Jesus was not born from the seed of a man –from the seed of the fallen Adam. Instead he was formed from the power of God overshadowing Mary and The Holy Spirit coming upon her.
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called c the Son of God. NIV
He was born as God in human flesh. The fusion of God and a woman. He was birthed as a man by God and not by the seed of man so He had the spirit of God in Him- the very nature of God in Him. The bible records this;
3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, ESV
The bible records Jesus here as the radiance of God’s glory and the EXACT IMPRINT OF GOD’S NATURE. He had God’s seed, God’s nature; not the nature of sin and death man had. He was born of a woman, the seed of a woman. Remember when God talked about the seed of a woman crushing the devil’s head? Note God didn’t say ‘seed of a man’ but seed of a woman because He who was going to bring redemption to mankind must be free from the nature of sin itself and that person is God. So, God came down, and became flesh, to do that which we couldn’t do for us.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. NIV
So yeah, Jesus was born of a woman, under the law, to fulfill the law on our behalf.
4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. NIV
He said this about himself;
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. NIV
So he came to fulfill the law that we couldn’t, and how and why could He do this? He could do this because He had the nature of God and therefore could not sin. He knew no sin. He lived a perfect life as recorded in the scriptures;
1 Peter 2:22
22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.” NIV
1 John 3:5
5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. NIV
2 Cor 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. NIV
So we are able to see that Jesus lived a perfect life on earth, not committing a single sin. He lived as God would’ve lived. He clearly said that He does only that which He sees His Father- God do.
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. NIV
He was tempted too, we know that, but He did what the first Adam couldn’t do because he was earthly; he overcame all the temptations. He was a prototype of how man is supposed to be on earth.
Now you’d ask, if He was so perfect and had God’s nature in Him, how then could He have been tempted? Remember he became flesh and had a soul too? The flesh is constantly warring against the spirit. He had feelings and desires too. Just like how, even though we now have the nature of God in us as believers, sometimes we still have fleshy desires that need to be put under the subjection of the Spirit, just like Jesus did.
Hey there! So tomorrow, we are going to be talking about THE SACRIFICE AND EXCHANGE and as usual, you’re welcome to join in.
Father, help us to continue to grow in the knowledge of You and to come to the reality of the great sacrifice You made just to keep us in You. Amen.
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