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