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The Perfect Plan

Philippians 2:5-11

Verse 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

We talked yesterday about Jesus deciding to come as a baby but His mission didn’t end as an infant or even as a child. He grew to be a man with a God-size mission.

He was fully God even though He was fully human. This is a hard concept to wrap our heads around but we must accept both as fact. To think of Him as less than God would mean we don’t think Him a suitable Savior. To see Him as only God and discount His humanity is to say that He couldn’t be a sacrifice for us. He had to be fully God and fully human to be the needed sacrifice.

The sacrificial system that God had set up for His people required the blood of a perfect offering be offered for sins. There could be no blemish at all or it wouldn’t be accepted. As God, Jesus could be pure and unblemished, but His being God wouldn’t allow Him to suffer death. As a human He could die but He couldn’t live a perfect life.

This sacrificial system was an ongoing method of being right with God. It would require sacrifices being offered multiple times during a person’s life. If He had only been part God or part human, the needed formula couldn’t have been reached and that would mean that our sins could never been paid for once and for all. But Jesus being fully God and fully man means we no longer have to offer the blood sacrifices.

As we talked about yesterday, the mere fact that He came as a baby shows that He is God because only God could create Himself and begin His life as an unborn baby. He was committed to the plan that they had decided on and set out to complete it.

But He was still fully human and so the task set before Him was daunting. He was headed to death and from His prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane we can see His full human nature showing. He asked God to release Him from this task if there was any other possible option but as the Man of God He added, not my will but Yours be done. He was willing to die the death of a criminal for our sakes. He is our Savior!

Making It Personal

What does it mean to you that He went through that for you? Does thinking about His sacrifice cause you to think about the sin in your lives? Does thinking about His sacrifice make you want to live better?

Making It Personal Kids

Why was Jesus the perfect one to die for our sins? Does it make you sad to know that Jesus had to die because you sin? How does knowing that Jesus had to die for sins make you feel about sin?

Closing Prayer

Father, only You could plan such a perfect solution for our salvation. Thank You for loving us enough to come as the God Man to do the job only You could do. Help us desire to live lives that please You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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