In The Flesh

The righteous for the unrighteous.
That is the way it is with God. He makes
the impossible possible. He turns the ordinary
and everyday into the extraordinary. He
makes the worthless valuable, and the
rejected he makes family. He takes sinful
human material and shapes us into holy sons
and daughters of the Almighty. He sees far
beyond our supposed limitations to the future
place where he knows we can be in him.
Then, in perfect love and faithfulness, he acts
in our lives to guide us on that path to being
more—to being better—than we ever thought
we could be. He does this because he loves
us. He does this because it is his nature. He
does this because he is the only true God—
and because he alone is holy. “His work is
perfect, for all his ways are justice”
(Deuteronomy 32:4).

God’s plan to rescue humankind from sin
is a story that has captivated men and women
in every generation since its fulfillment in the
first century—fulfilled in the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is captivating
because it is both simple and profound. It is
captivating because of what it means for the
future of mankind. It is captivating because it
exceeds by far anything we could ever
imagine. Because of our rejection of God by
our sin, God responded by becoming flesh
and offering his Son. I need to write that
again—God responded by becoming flesh
and offering his Son.

For us it was a supernatural act—as it
always is for God. For God, however, it
was simply his nature. His creation was at
stake because of sin. Therefore, God did
the unthinkable. Peter’s description is both
inspired and succinct, “For Christ also
suffered once for sins, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring us to God” (1 Peter
3:18). It is at this moment that Paul’s
question in Romans 8 comes to mind,
“What, then, shall we say in response to
this?”
We need always to remember that it
was God’s choice to save us. Of course, in
choosing to save us, God was acting in
perfect harmony with his nature. He made
the decision—in holy love—to act on our
behalf. He deemed us worth the blood of
his Son. So he came near in love. The
righteous became sin for the sake of the
unrighteous.
–Ricky

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