December 21, 2016
People often ask, “Why did Jesus take upon Himself flesh and blood and become man? Why did He step out of Glory? Why the incarnation? Why the virgin birth?” Well, it was so He might die.
God in Spirit cannot die. John 4:24 says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” But the Bible is very clear that there must be atonement for sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death ….” Ezekiel 18:4: “… the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” And Hebrews 9:22 says, “… without shedding of blood is no remission” for our sins.
Jesus had to take on flesh and blood so that He could become a sacrifice upon the cross. And in so doing, He brought Satan’s kingdom crashing down. I got a letter a while back that makes this very clear:
“Dear Dr. Rogers, I’ve been a kindergarten teacher for 21 years, and just when I think I’ve heard it all, something else will pop out of their little mouths. I thought you would appreciate this. Last year we were making Santa Clauses when one of my students asked me whose birthday it was. I told him, ‘Jesus.’ Another child said, ‘I thought He got stabbed on the cross.’ Someone else spoke up and said, ‘It’s okay, because He busted out of the rocks!’”
Boy, I like that. This teacher said, “I didn’t say anything else. Everyone seemed to be satisfied with the last answer.”