God’s love for mankind was unrequited. The whole race had rebelled against him and celebrated its disobedience.

He sent his people to the world, and his people abandoned their mission. He sent his prophets to his people, and the prophets were abused and killed.

God’s own children continued to spurn him. Yet his love compelled him to keep trying to win their hearts. There was only one choice left. God made the ultimate gesture: He sent his only Son.

This was an extraordinary step. Ever since the rebellion in the garden, an immense void had separated mankind from God. In spite of God’s offer of forgiveness, mankind was unwilling or unable to cross the void. The radical problem required a radical solution.

So God crossed the chasm himself. More than that, God came on mankind’s own terms. The fullness of God came to earth in the person of a man, Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus was God. Miraculously conceived. Nurtured by God himself. Jesus bridged the chasm that separated human flesh from divine spirit. He established an unbreakable link between God and mankind.

Jesus came to show mankind the way back to God. He came to call God’s people to finish their work. He came to demonstrate how flesh and blood can walk with God Almighty.

Jesus came to face all the struggles and frustrations mankind faces every day. He came to listen the whisperings of the Tempter. He came to rub shoulders with a rebellious, disobedient world and yet remain faithful to a holy God. He came to live free in a world of slaves.

Jesus lived the same life every man and woman must live. No one will ever face a problem or temptation more difficult than those he faced. Yet he proved God’s power is greater than any evil at large in the world. He proved a frail human being can, in the power of God, stand apart from the world and proclaim God’s unfailing love and forgiveness.

In Jesus, God had a messenger who could speak with authority and match his words with his deeds.

Read it for yourself!
John 1.1-5, 10-14; John 3.16-21; Hebrews 2.14-18; Hebrews 4.15-16

Think about it!
Why do you think it was important that Jesus be “God with us”?

Why do you think it was important that Jesus struggle with the same problems and temptations we do?

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06 – Jesus’ message

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