If we are going to understand our salvation, how we are saved and what it means to be saved, then we have to understand how Jesus came into this world and how He is fully man. We know that Jesus is fully man because he was born of woman. The virgin Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and she gave birth to a son, Jesus. This is clearly seen in each one of the synoptic (same) gospels. The virgin birth is important because it shows that salvation must always come from the Lord not from human effort. The virgin birth also makes possible Christ’s true humanity without inherited sin. Because of Adam, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
In conclusion, Jesus’ full humanity was necessary for 5 reasons:
- To be our Representative for righteousness (Romans 5:19)
- To be a Substitute Sacrifice (Hebrews 2:16-17)
- To be the one Mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5)
- To be our example and pattern in life (Hebrews 12:12)
- To sympathize as our High Priest (Hebrews 2:18)
Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
In Romans 8:28-30, the apostle Paul helps us see three great things. First, our bad things will work out for good (8:28). There is not a square inch in your whole life, Christian, that God will not in the end work for His greatest glory and your greatest good. God only gives satan and suffering enough rope to hang themselves. Second, our good things can never be lost (8:29-30a). The foundation of our hope is God’s sovereign grace in our salvation. If God is the one who saves us by grace alone, rather than we who earn salvation ourselves, then our good things can never be lost. If we didn’t do anything to earn our salvation, we could never do anything to unearn it. Third of all, we see our best things are yet to come (8:30b). Paul says that all those who belong to Jesus will one day be glorified (Paul even uses “glorified” in the past tense, showing us how secure our future is). Paul is saying Christians are on a collision course with glory! We will see Jesus. We will be made glorious like Jesus. And we will live with Him in never-ending joy, forever. All of this is possible because of Christmas. Jesus came and lived, died, and arose as our Savior and King who will one day make everything sad come true (8:31-39). Is your faith in Jesus? If so, you have great reasons to rejoice!