Dec 19 Advent Devotion: He did not stay a baby

Olu JegedeDevotional

Hebrews 2:14-15
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

If I were the savior of the world, coming as a baby born in a manger, would be the last thing I would do. I probably would show a strong forceful hand and send some of my powerful armed forces to maintain peace, and subdue my enemies. Then I would come into town with pomp and glory, to celebrate my victory. And I would make sure everyone knew who I was and what I was capable of.

Yet this was the opposite that Christ did. Have you ever thought about it? Why would Jesus choose to come in the probably the most simple and common way possible. The answer is simple

“since the children have flesh and blood , he too shared in their humanity so that by his death, he might break…..the power of death”

Christ had to come as a baby. If not he could not really take our place on the cross. The key to victory over sin and death, the plague of humanity, was for a human being to overcome sin and death. See, an external show of strength, might settle the fact that God is supreme, but it wouldn’t change the human nature. The carnal fleshly nature that is always prone to rebel from God’s design, and is perpetually destined for death.

Coming as a baby, and growing up in every human experience, guaranteed that Jesus was a man. Being a man meant that He was eligible to represent us on the cross. His death then, included us. When he died. We died, thus paying for our sins, in Him. (For the wages of sin is death. Rom 3:23) And being raised from the dead, mean truly that men could rise again, and possess that vital life of God, the Holy Spirit, that would make us less like the sinful nature, and more like God.

So I am thankful God is in charge, and not human being. His discreet way of salvation turns out to be the best, the only way, that humanity can be forever changed. Now I no longer need to be afraid of death, or the fear of death, because Christ is my life, living vividly in me through His Holy Spirit and with the promise of eternal life, upon the cessation of my flesh on this earth, to be with him in heaven for eternity.

– Pastor Olu Jegede