Why Did Jesus Become a Man?

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Below is from a sermon I preached about two years ago at Oak Park Baptist Church. I referenced this sermon in the class I taught today on the person of Jesus.

From the Sermon:

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” ( Hebrews 2:14)

Here is the first part of the response to the anticipated question.  Why would Jesus, if He is God, become a man?  The answer:

Jesus “share(s)” in “flesh and blood” because the “children” He comes to save were flesh and blood!  Jesus comes as flesh and blood, as a human-being, because those He comes to save are flesh and blood, human-beings.  Jesus comes to save mankind.  The human race has rebelled against their Creator.  This rebellion, or sin, must be paid for.  God’s wrath against sin must be satisfied.  God will not overlook sin.  A debt is owed and God requires payment (sacrifices before the face of God; “before Yahweh”).

But, and this is the essence of the gospel, Jesus comes as a man to save mankind through His death.  When He goes to the cross it is real flesh that nails break through.  It is genuine blood that drips from His thorn-crowned brow, His nail-pierced hands and feet, His pierced side, and scourged back.  Jesus Christ was God of very God, but He comes as one who is fully man.

How wonderful this is!  When we celebrate Christmas we should be humbled.  The God of the Universe has left the joys of heaven to “dwell among us (John 1:14).  As Paul would tell the Philippians, “Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a slave, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-7).

He does not come to die for angels.  The angels that sinned against God are not who Jesus comes to redeem.  Peter tells us in 2 Peter 2:4 that they are committed to chains until the Day of Judgment.  There is no good news for the angels.  They will get what they deserve for their sin.

But for men and women, we get grace and mercy, even though we do not deserve it.  Jesus comes as a man because He comes to save mankind.  It is the human race that God has chosen to save.  It is the sin of the human race that must be paid for if salvation is to be had. And since the penalty for sin is death, someone must die.  And only someone who is perfect will suffice!  Thus Jesus comes and lives the perfect life we could not live.  And then He goes to the cross as the sinless man to die for sinful men.


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