The Life of Christ
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Cor. 5:21
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Rom 5:8
Now that the Christmas season is about to be upon us again, I am pondering not just the birth of our Savior, but His life. Much is made of His birth and His death/resurrection and rightfully so, but there has been something pressing on me for a while about the life of Christ.
Have you ever thought about the fact that He came for a singular purpose…to die on a cross for us. Not only did He come to die an agonizing death for our benefit, but He had to first live a sinless life to even make the sacrifice count. Have you ever thought about how weighty that really is? To live a sinless, perfect life, devoid of pride, forsaking any will other than the will of the Father, all the time knowing that the cross awaits. Remember that Jesus lived many years before His ministry started. Other than His birth and a couple of early incidents, the Bible only records about the last three years of his life. He lived for over 3 decades…sinless.
We know that the path was stressful, the kind of stress that I cannot really wrap my mind around. It was stressful enough that He was sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22. He asked that the Father change His will and take the cup, but God the Father obviously told Him that there was no other way. So, Jesus put aside any of His own interests and pursued the path given Him. He was then led to the cross to die for us who were enemies of God at the time. All the while, fully knowing of the excruciating death that was in store for Him. Bearing the sin of the world and suffering the separation from God that everyone except Jesus deserves. All of this was made possible by the Life of Christ in perfect obedience to the Father.
Have you ever, even once, believed that you knew what God wanted you to do, but failed to do it for whatever reason? I have, and more than just once. This simple act of disobedience just one time would have disqualified Jesus from being our sacrifice and our separation from God would have endured.
Today, may we honor not only the sacrificial death of Christ, but His sacrificial life as well.