For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.Hebrews 2:10(NASB)
The barbaric suffering and humiliation that accompanied Christ’s cruel death at Calvary was designed to bring to completion God’s foreordained redemption plan which He purposed would bring many condemned sinners back into a right relationship with God, by faith, and adopt them into His family as His children.
The death of His only begotten Son was acceptable to the Father, because He alone was worthy to pay the price for the sin of the world. God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts, but it demonstrates His divine wisdom - for Christ's suffering fulfilled the righteous requirements of God’s justice and exemplifies the superabundance of His goodness, His grace, His love, and His merciful-kindness.
Only the shed blood of a perfect Man was sufficient to satisfy God's wrath against sin. There was no way for man to be redeemed, except through the death of the eternal Son of God Who became the perfect Son of Man. Only He could pay the price. Only He could become the substitute for the sin of mankind. He alone could stand in the gap for fallen man and offer His life as a ransom for many.
And so, the incarnate God Who created all things from the beginning and through Whom all things hold together and function, was sent to earth in the likeness of sinful flesh. A body was prepared for Him in the womb of a virgin. Jesus was the Word made flesh Who was born into this world to be our Kinsman-Redeemer - to be our Saviour.
Although He set aside His glory for a season, the Lord Jesus Christ was, nonetheless, eternal God and perfect Man. He was the Alpha and the Omega Who, through His sacrificial death and glorious Resurrection, became becoming the Federal Head of the new creation of humanity. He became the Founder of our faith and Finisher of our salvation.
Though He was fully God and a perfect, sinless Man, Christ was to be made perfect during His sojourn on earth, through a willing obedience to His Father and the things that He suffered as He walked towards the Cross: "For it was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings."
Jesus was not 'made perfect' through some moral refinement or lessons on virtue, for perfection can’t be advanced or improved. The perfecting of Christ was the glorious end and final consummation of the wonderful plan and faultless purpose of God in bringing many condemned sinners back into a right relationship with Himself and adopting all who believe in Jesus Christ into His family, as His sons.
In order to achieve God's purpose - to redeem mankind and bring many sons to glory, Jesus had to become a Man and live as God created man to live - in obedience to the Father, in submission to God through the power of the Spirit, as He walked in spirit and truth.
But to get to the crown of glory, the Lord Jesus had to stretch out His arms of love on the Cross. To break the power of sin and death, he had to offer Himself as the sacrifice for the sin of the world. In order to bring many sons to glory, He must first become sin for us. To achieve God's redemptive plans and purposes, He had to identify with sinful man and be cursed in our place.
To conquer death He must first die, in order to become the firstborn from the dead. He not only died to pay the penalty for the sin of the world – He died so that the power of sin and death might be broken in the lives of all believe in His name - so that fallen sinners like you and me can be identified with His perfect righteousness.
Only the eternal Creator-God Who was born as the perfect Sinless Man, had the credentials and authority to save humanity and bring many sons into glory. But to achieve this God-ordained intention which was planned and purposed in the eternal council chambers of God, our precious Saviour had to suffer. Praise His name.
Heavenly Father, I stand in awe that Jesus chose to live a life of suffering and pain, all because of His love of me, to bring me into the heavenly glory of Your love. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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