The Messiah's Miraculous Birth
Most of us don’t spend too much time contemplating the hypostatic union (dual natures) of Christ. On the one hand, the reality of the hypostatic union is mind-boggling, and on the other, we don’t see the practical significance of such a complex theological truth. However, in order for Jesus to be the perfect Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, He needed to be a divine human. He couldn’t rightly take the punishment for human sin (like was prophesied in Isaiah 53) if He weren’t a human. The plethora of animal sacrifices throughout the Old Testament made it clear that they were insufficient; only a human could pay for human sin. Yet that sacrifice must be able to survive the wrath of God; something only God could do. Jesus also could not reveal what obedience to God looks like (foreshadowed in Psalm 40) without being the God-man. He couldn’t have sinned because He is God, but He also resisted temptation through the power of the Spirit; thus showing us exactly what it takes to “be holy as God is holy.” Jesus the Messiah is the God-man; therefore, He alone can save us. Let us put our trust in Him and be His true followers.
Sunday at Liberty
- SS: Pastor Rory–Jewish Strategies in Evangelism
- AM: Pastor Rory–Matthew 1:18-25–The Messiah’s Miraculous Birth (sermon notes)
- PM: Don Odens–Ephesians 3:14-19