couldn’t have done it.
couldn’t have either.
couldn’t do it.
fact, no one who has ever been born or
created could do it.
Jesus could make an everlasting covenant
with God that would include us!
remember the blood covenant God made with
Abraham (Genesis 17)? How many incidents
are recorded of Abraham’s descendants
breaking that covenant, even while God was
upholding it? Too many to count, and that
required succeeding priests to make endless
sacrifices for their atonement—until Jesus
“Wherefore in all things it behoved [was
necessary for] him to be made like unto his
brethren [He had to], that he might be a
merciful and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God, to make reconciliation
for the sins of the people” Hebrews 2:17.
never has been nor will there ever be one
who could achieve the requirements for our
redemption other than Jesus. The young
virgin, Mary, didn’t have an incidental
birth of a baby boy conceived as the Holy
Ghost overshadowed her; it had been planned
from the foundation of the world. It was no
accident that she was espoused to Joseph; he
had been chosen from the beginning to be the
earthly father-figure to rear this God-baby.
This baby would grow into the Man with whom
our Heavenly Father would make a New
Everlasting Covenant that would cover the
world for the redemption of all who would
receive it. His sacrifice would be all
inclusive and complete as He offered His
sacrificial blood at Calvary to ratify the
New Covenant once for all, for all time.
“…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear
a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”
is the only one with whom God could lock in
an unbreakable covenant. He is the only one
who could uphold His end of the covenant as
firmly as the Father. Their covenant is
secure! Because Jesus keeps covenant, He
was able to secure us as well. By grace,
our acceptance of Jesus’ settlement for our
sins made us acceptable “children of God.”
It’s almost too much to digest! To think
that I am no longer responsible for my sin,
and Jesus is! To consider that He willingly
assumed the responsibility—and the penalty,
paid it in full and absolved me—what
unspeakable Love! what Mercy! What Grace!
is what Christmas is! For this purpose,
Jesus came—to die! To redeem us! When we
celebrate His birth, we are celebrating His
death, burial and resurrection—in our
place—as well. He left nothing undone; the
Divine Plan was carried out to its
completion and fulfilled all that the
prophets had foretold.
shall see of the travail of his soul, and
shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall
my righteous servant justify many; for he
shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11).
your Christmas card arrives with a crèche on
the front, let it remind you that there
could never be an acceptable scene with a
substitute baby or animal in the manger.
It would be blasphemy, and the shepherds and
wise men who came to worship would be
idolaters. To look to anyone or
anything other than Jesus Christ as the
propitiation for our sins is to miss the
mark completely. There is no other; there will
never be another. It is eternally Jesus
alone, not Jesus plus anyone or anything!
had to do it!
the manger to the cross, rugged cross of
road that Jesus walked for you and me all
world forsaken, still He shed His blood for
the manger to the cross, the rugged cross of
“From the Manger to the Cross” by O’Dell
Come, let us adore Him!”