Moments of great consequence summon the best out of us. It is at this moment that some might claim, “I was born for this.”
Never had a moment been as consequential, nor the need as great, as when God’s plan to save man approached its consummation.
Never had a person entered the world with more expectation, nor greater burden than when God clothed himself in flesh.
Never had one so perfect for the task met it with such perfection. Truly Jesus was born for this.
“You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37).
Jesus’ birth was necessary in so many ways.
The sin that entered the world in the garden had proliferated quickly; sin spread to all people. And since justice demands death for sin, all people needed saving.
While God did confer forgiveness under the Law of Moses (e.g., Leviticus 4:20, 26, 31), the blood of bulls and goats was not adequate to fully remove the guilt of sin (Hebrews 10:4). Something greater was needed.
Jesus coming into the world, and fulfilling his purpose in it, justified God and allowed God to justify those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25, 26).
Jesus had to be perfect, he had to be Deity. But he also had to be human. These two aspects, the Son of God and the Son of Man, work together for our salvation.
While Jesus demonstrated his power as the Son of God through miraculous signs (John 11:4), he demonstrated his humanity through his sufferings, his empathic kindness, and his generosity.
Jesus’ favorite self-appellation was the “Son of Man,” which he used some 77 times (see Luke 5:24; 9:22, 58; 19:10, et al.). While the origin can be traced to Daniel 7:13, it seems to be a continual reminder of his humanity.
“For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:16-18).
It would not do for God to simply come to earth, demonstrate his power, and declare sins forgiven. In order to make propitiation, he had to first be made like us in every respect. Our salvation is based upon his humanity (see Colossians 2:6-15).
Before Stephen was murdered, he “gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Stephen’s testimony speaks to us today, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56).
When the first martyr gave his life for the Way, it was the Word as the Son of Man who stood at the right hand of God ready to receive his disciple.
Being the Son of God, Jesus has the power to forgive. Being the Son of Man gives him the right to save.
Truly Jesus was born for this.