Sent #likeJesus

From the very beginning of His story, we see the “sent-ness” of Jesus.

The angels’ words to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds are packed with meaning in what they reveal about Jesus’ identity.

To Mary:

“You will give birth to a son”

“Give him the name Jesus”

“He will be great”

“He will be called the Son of the Most High”

“He will be given the throne of his father David”

“He will reign over the house of Jacob”

“His reign will never end”

He’s the “holy one”

“He will be called the Son of God”

To Joseph:

“What is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”

“Give him the name Jesus”

“He will save his people from their sins”

To the shepherds:

“Good news of great joy for all the people”

“A Savior has been born”

“He is Christ the Lord”

“Glory to God”

“Peace to men on whom his favor rests”

So what do we learn from the angels?

  • We learn of Jesus’ deity (Son of the Most High, Son of God, Lord, conceived of the Holy Spirit).
  • We learn of Jesus’ character (great, holy).
  • We learn of Jesus’ position and authority (throne of David, reign will never end, Christ the Lord).
  • We learn of Jesus’ mission (save his people from their sins, the Savior, the Christ).
  • We learn of Jesus’ impact (He will reign, bring great joy, bring glory to God, bring peace to men).
  • We learn who Jesus came for (good news for all people).

Also from the angels…  implied, but evident still, we learn of Jesus’ humanity (YOU will be with child, you will give birth to a SON, she will give birth to a son).

It was a mystery to Mary and Joseph, God being born as a man, Mary’s son.  Jesus is fully 100% God, yet also born fully 100% man.  Our puny little minds can’t comprehend that.

But since sin entered the world through Adam- a man, the father of the human race- our sin nature is passed on to us through Adam.  Because Jesus didn’t have an earthly father to inherit a sin nature from, He was born without sin.  This allowed him, through a life of obedience to the Father, to remain without sin until his death on the cross.  This qualified Jesus to pay for our sin…  he didn’t have his own sin to pay for.  He alone was qualified to go to the cross for us…  and we trace that back to His virgin birth.

Jesus was sent for me!  He is all of this, has accomplished all of this, for me!  The Father sent His Son for me!  Jesus was sent to be my Savior, my Lord, my King, and yet my Friend!  Oh, what a Savior!!!

 

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