When Jesus Christ was born, His birth was the sign of God’s great love for all of humankind, it was a passionate declaration of His deep desire to be close to us once again; His birth was the reason the angels cried out, “Peace on earth, God’s goodwill toward man!” (Luke 2:14) The angels understood what so many, even today, do not – God’s love compelled Him to send His Son to earth to die as the ultimate, sinless sacrifice so that peace between holy God and sinful man would be eternally ensured for all who accepted Jesus as the Son of God. Because He is, you are.
Do you think Jesus really knew what He was going to go through on earth? He faced every temptation that we all have, according to Hebrews 4:15. But do you think He really knew? About the pain? About the betrayals? About the agony and heartache? About the torture? About the shame and humiliation? Jesus, as a tiny baby, as a growing boy, as a teenager and as an adult entering into His ministry – did He know? Yes. He knew and He did it anyway. The prophetic words of Isaiah, which Jesus would have studied as a boy growing up in the Jewish tradition, say this: “The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting. But the Lord God helps me.” (Isaiah 50:5-7) He knew.
The angels understood what so many, even today, do not – God’s love compelled Him to send His Son to earth to die as the ultimate, sinless sacrifice so that peace between holy God and sinful man would be eternally ensured for all who accepted Jesus as the Son of God.
Also in Isaiah, Jesus would have read this: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” He knew.
Psalm 22:17-18 says, “I can count all my bones; they look and stare on me. They part my garments among them and cast lots for my clothes.” Yes. Jesus knew. He understood the requirements of the task to which God the Father had called Him. He knew your sin, and mine, would cause Him grief and suffering beyond all imagining and He came anyway. THAT IS LOVE.
Thought for today
There is much to be thankful even if all you ever did was praise the Lord for what was done through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is worthy. The book of Revelation shows that heaven is eternally filled with worship for the act of sacrifice Jesus. (see Revelation 5:6-10) But that wasn’t it! Jesus didn’t come without knowing full well what He would go through. Once Jesus entered into His ministry on earth, He did so knowing and having read everything about Himself prophesied in the Scriptures. What a terrible, horrifying, beautiful, excruciating thing for us to realize – that He knew. And He did it anyway. <3 That’s why I worship.