Jesus entered into our story not as a powerless baby boy, but as the firstborn of all creation and the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:15,18). He was not just born into this world, but the world was created through him and for him (Colossians 1:15-16).
While he walked this earth, the God-Man Jesus did a multitude of miraculous things. He walked on water, healed the blind, healed the lame, and brought the dead back to life. Jesus did many other great things, and if every one of them were to be written, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25).
The Scriptures bear witness about Jesus and all the miraculous things he did (John 5:39). The greatest thing he did was not a miracle, it was an act of love that would be displayed on a cross. For while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
The author of life stepped into our story not to be served as a domineering king, but to serve in humility (Mark 10:45). He was not king over a region or ruled by a king; he is Lord of lords and King of Kings (Revelation 17:14). The King who could have abolished Roman rule did not use his power to overthrow a nation, but used his power to willingly give his life (John 10:18).
No one had power over him because death was defeated by him (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). His death was not a manifestation of weakness or inferiority; it was his love for us on display. They said “save yourself, and come down from the cross” (Mark 15:30), but they did not realize he was on the cross to save them.
The thorns on his head, the nails in his wrist, and the lacerations that made him disfigured (Isaiah 52:14) were dealt to Jesus because of us and for us.
Jesus’ death and resurrection 2,000 years ago was not just a historical event, it was a moment in history that impacts our eternal destination. Barabbas (Matthew 27:26) was not just a historical figure, he is a representation of us. Those who demanded Jesus to be crucified (Matthew 27:22) and those who crucified him (Matthew 27:35) were not just a historical group of people, they are representations of us. Jesus did not die exclusively for a people 2,000 years ago, he died for you and me as well. Our sin is what put him on the cross. We are the thorns on his head, the nails in his wrist, and the lacerations on his body. We are the criminal Barabbas that Jesus exchanged his life for. We are those who yelled for Jesus to be crucified. We are the ones who beat and mocked him. We are all guilty of sin against Christ (Romans 3:23).
Our sin does not deserve to have someone die for it; we deserve to die because of it (Romans 6:23). Jesus entered into our story to save us (John 3:17) not from something insignificant, but from death that is eternal. Jesus who had no sin became sin that we might be saved from our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The world is broken. From political dispute to racial inequality, sin runs rampant. In a world that is corrupt of sin, hope cannot be found outside of Jesus because it can only be found in Jesus.
Not only is this world broken, but so are our hearts (Romans 3:23). Redemption is not found in crossing our fingers that one day there will be world peace, but that God redeems our hearts through Jesus.
The beauty of the gospel is that despite a world full of disobedient people, there was one whose obedience brought salvation to the sinner. His name is Jesus.
“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:18-21