What did Jesus accomplish?

Christmas.

The incarnation.

Something no one can fully comprehend; it’s so fantastic, yet real.

And necessary.

Jesus. God with us. God being like us—yet not exactly like us.

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, a miracle baby, conceived by the Holy Spirit.

I often wonder what it was like for her to have a perfect child. We can only imagine. After His birth, her other children were normal, sinful human beings. Can you visualize their home? Older brother is the perfect example. Younger siblings need correction and guidance. Older brother always does the correct thing—and He obeys without questioning, all the time.

Why didn’t his brothers trust Him to be their Savior until after the resurrection? They must have rebelled against this good Brother, never being able to measure up to His perfection. They might even have resented Him. But, when He rose from the dead and they saw Him, they knew He was the Messiah. They finally understood.

Was Jesus twelve when He knew who He was—or was it much earlier? The Bible doesn’t say, and I always try to envision what Jesus was like as a child—what He said and did.

In the Temple, He asked questions to the smartest, most schooled people in the world and answered their questions. It was, in a small way, the beginning of His ministry.

Of course, we know Jesus’ formal ministry began with His baptism—the amazing words from God the Father and the Holy Spirit Dove descending onto Him: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased (Luke 3:22b).

From that moment on, Jesus taught, preached, healed, did miracles, and led people to believe in Him.

He had three years before they killed Him.

Humanly speaking, His ministry was cut short. Yet, we cannot look at it that way.

Jesus accomplished salvation!

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (Hebrews 5:8-9).

Jesus did what no one else could possibly have done. He came, lived a perfect life, blessed others, died, and rose again—by His own power—and in so doing defeated death. He made a way for every person to live eternally. The Perfect Son of God was the only Person who could have paid for sin—because He was sinless.

I can’t fathom that kind of love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17). The whole purpose of Christmas was the salvation of the world.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:23).

May God bless you as you celebrate this amazing Gift—God with us.

Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Have you believed on Jesus?

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