Hundreds of years before His birth, the coming of the Messiah was foretold by the prophet Isaiah.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
What must this Messiah look like, act like, and do in order for us to call Him “Wonderful…Mighty…Everlasting…Prince”?
Not what was expected. No one would have dreamed that this great ruler, come to earth, would die as a criminal.
The Christ. Emmanuel, God with us.
This unique individual, unlike any who had ever come before Him, stepped away from His heavenly throne to fulfill His Father’s will. Out of paradise, into the stable. The Savior of the world set aside all that was rightfully His in order to ransom and rescue a lost and dying world.
His example was so compelling, His work so complete, Paul recommended we shape our life around His.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Jesus didn’t die by accident. He willingly laid down His own life as a ransom for yours.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Allow this truth to sink down into the core of your being. Consider the cost He paid to endure your guilt and shame. Then add mine, and consider how overwhelming the load must have been.
Out of these depths of sacrifice spring the relief and salvation this world has longed for since the Fall of Man. Allow His generosity, His forgiveness and His peace to wash over you. Be filled to overflowing with the gratitude and joy that comes from receiving the most beautiful gift. God in man, giving His body and blood for you.
This is why Jesus died.