Jesus is our High Priest who “gets us.” He became flesh and blood to dwell among us. He experienced the confines and weaknesses of being human. It really is beautiful.
I mean…think about it…if I were the creator of a new breed of insect and I loved that breed above all others, and wanted that breed to be able to enjoy me too…but the bugs were just not able to obey my laws as ruler over them…Would I be willing to become a bug in order to have fellowship? Wouldn’t it be a huge sacrifice on my part to leave my comfortable suburban lifestyle to live among the bugs? (I know it’s a pathetic analogy, but work with me here.)
To leave the splendor of heaven,
The cosmos moving at your every whim,
Speak and new worlds come into existence,
Angels singing praises of your awesome beauty,
So magnificent is your glory,
The beings in heaven hide their faces in worship…
The words are too inadequate to express what it must have been to leave the heavenlies and become one of us. Yet, He sacrificed it all to experience life among us – to feel the limitations of being human. And then, to endure the worst torture man could know…I call that sacrifice. For me that would be enough of a sacrifice to endure, but it’s still not the point at which He suffered the most. He cried, “My God, my God why have You forsaken Me!” That was the greatest sacrifice Jesus would endure – to be separated from His Father for something He did not do.
He did not sin…not once…not ever. He led the perfect, sinless life as a human being, confined to the flesh, relying upon the Holy Spirit. He did not know what it was to live with a guilty conscience, to endure the pain of separation from His loving Father, until that moment. He became sin on our behalf so that we might become righteous, in Him.
At that moment, when God the Father laid all the sins of the world, past, present, and future upon His head…
He became our scapegoat.
He became our burnt offering.
He became our Passover Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world.
Praise to the Lamb Who was worthy to be slain!
Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!