God Loves Us So Much, He Became Man So He Could Be The Savior We Need
Topic: Christmas I Passage: Matthew 1:18–1:25
It’s said that the famous novelist Dorothy Sayers fell so in love with her character, Lord Peter Wimsey, that she wrote herself into the story as Harriet Vane, who eventually married Wimsey. This is a beautiful illustration of the truth we celebrate at Christmas--God wrote himself into our story.
God loves us so much, he became man so he could be the Savior we need.
Jesus came to “save us from our sins” (Matt 1:21), because only the God-Man could do it. In Matthew 1:18-25, we see that Jesus is fully human—like us in every way, but without sin; and he is fully God. Because he is the God-Man he could save us from our sins. As a sinless human, he stood in the place of judgment for humans. As God, he bore the weight of God’s judgment for our sins. As a human, he met us in the depth of our need, and experienced the brokenness of our world: exile, injustice, abuse, sin, and death. As God, he revealed the true story of the world, saving us from the effects of sin and a life without hope. As the Son of God, he opened the door for us to be in fellowship with the Triune God. As Man, he entered into that fellowship and offered us adoption into God’s own family.
Taking It Home: How will you meditate on the Good News of the Incarnation and let it reshape how you see your sin, your story, and yourself?