Who was Jesus Christ and why was it so important that He was born, shared our nature, died on the cross and rose again? Consider some important verses that answer a question that holds eternal importance.
The creation of man
Gen. 1:26 – “And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness:…”, v. 31 – “And God saw everything that he had made… it was very good…”. We learn from this that initially, man was not struggling with the mortality which mankind experiences today. Man was not dying because he was not under a sentence of death. Man was made “very good”. This however, did not last. It was not long before the sin of disobedience of God’s commands took place in the garden, and the curse of mortality began.
The fall of man
Gen. 2:17 – “…for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” This is obviously a process, Adam did not drop dead as soon as he ate of the tree, but the process of dying in his body began, which did, ultimately bring about his death. Since that first sin in the garden, all mankind is under a sentence of death because of inherited mortality, without exception. In addition, there is the weakness of the flesh, which causes all men to sin, hence justifying the death. For a completely sinless life, death, clearly would not be fair or just. A perfect life, however is not possible in us, as we are prone to sin. God has provided a way in which we can be forgiven of our ever-present sins through his son Jesus Christ. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23).
Christ was born with the same fleshly nature as us, the same “lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:15-17 cp Hebrews 2:14-16). This, however, was overcome in his perfect, sinless life in service to his Father. Hence, his death was a denial of the flesh, putting it to death. It was the only way for Christ to win against the flesh. Some suggest that Christ was a ‘substitute’ for us, meaning that he died instead of us. This is not the case. We are responsible for our own actions, and we will bare the consequences of them (2 Corinthians 5:4,5). Christ was a representative of all humanity, and died to declare the righteousness of God.
How did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
He was special because while his mother was Mary, his Father was God in heaven. He received strength from his Father who dwelt in him by His spirit (2 Cor. 5:19). Heb. 5:8 – “Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”. John 3:34 – “…for God giveth not the spirit by measure unto him.” (without measure = unlimited).
How are we effected by Christ’s sinless life?
Christs sacrifice opens the door for our salvation. It is through Christs putting to death of the flesh that we can have our sins forgiven (Romans 6). By us re-enacting Christs death and resurrection through baptism, we have opportunity of freedom from our human nature and a hope of eternal life. But Christ sacrifice alone will not save us, nor will baptism alone save us. We need to strive to put sin to death in our life everyday, as Jesus Christ did.
– Gideon O.