“But we see Jesus,
who was made a little lower than the angels,
now crowned with glory and honour
because he suffered death,
so that by the grace of God
he might taste death for everyone”
Jesus entered into our humanity, our temptations, our sufferings – and now our death.
Jesus did not need to die. The wages of sin is death, and Jesus had no sin of His own. Instead He died for our sins, taking their guilt and stain away from us and into Himself. Or as Scriptures tells us,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
And it was John the Baptist who prophetically pointed to Him and said,
“Look, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!”
This was the cup that He prayed about in the Garden of Gethsemane – when He was in such an agony that His sweat became drops of blood that fell to the ground.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground”
And after this He was taken away and condemned, flogged and crucified until His body died and was buried. All this lay in store for the Baby born at Bethlehem – come for you and come for me.
Lord help me to not hold on to my sins but to relinquish them to You.
Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world – have mercy on me, and on us. Amen.