The Ultimate Gift
Wednesday, December 15, 1999
He had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that
he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and
that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
-- Hebrews 2:17, New International Version
There are not many things the Bible says Jesus "had" to
do. This is a key one. Jesus had to be one of us. Notice that he did
this so he could be like us, his brothers (and sisters) in every way. It
was by this "being one of us" that Jesus was able to intercede for
us. C.S. Lewis, in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, had this
as a fundamental part of the story. Asland, the Lion, took the place of
a condemned person, so they might live. It became a perfect and all
fulfilling sacrifice, defeating death and evil in one act. Jesus, in the
same way, took our place, as a perfect intercessor. Moreover, I believe,
that as Jesus was on the cross, He met us, and knew that he was upon the tree
for ME, for YOU. What a gift, the Ultimate gift.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the incredible sacrifice you made so I
could be adopted into our Father's family and become your younger sibling in
our eternal family. Thank you for this grace that was motivated out of your
love and carried out by your loving faithfulness. Through your
name, Lord Jesus, I offer my praise and thanks to our Father. Amen.