To Be Made Like Us, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
CHRISTMAS SERIES Why Did Jesus Come? To Be Made Like Us
Matt. 1:20-23; John 1:14; Heb. 2:14-18; 5:7-10; Rom. 5:19
If you had to write a Christmas greeting no more than 10 words in length that would be printed on 250,000 Christmas cards, what would it be?
Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15-16; 5:7-10. Theologian John Stott wrote: “[Jesus] is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us.” Having become flesh, Jesus shared our human suffering, weaknesses, and temptations. How is this truth an encouragement?
While fully human, Jesus remained perfectly obedient and without sin. According to these passages (Heb. 5:7-10; Rom. 5:12-21; 8:3-4) how does this truth give hope to us imperfect, rebellious, and sinful humans?
Athanasius wrote: “[Jesus] became what we are that he might make us what he is.” According to 2 Corinthians 8:9, how did Jesus’ incarnation and perfect obedience accomplish this (cf. Heb. 5:7-10; Rom. 5:12-21)?
Matt.1:20-23; John 1:14. Theologian J. I. Packer wrote of the incarnation, “The impression… is not so much one of deity reduced as of divine capacities restrained.” Why is it so crucial to understand that while Jesus became fully human, He yet remained fully God - restrained but not reduced?
John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5. Because He is fully God and fully human, theologian Martin Luther says Jesus offers us a “ladder” between God and humanity: “We are to ascend into heaven by that ladder which is placed before us, using those steps which God prepared and used…The Son of God… descended from heaven to this earth and came to us in our flesh. He placed himself in the womb of his mother, in her lap, and on the cross. And this is the ladder by which we are to ascend to God.” What does God’s action in sending Jesus to us reveal about our own human efforts to reach to God?
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