“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Jesus had to be a man, but had He been a son of Adam, He would have had the sinful nature of Adam. A son of the slave is a slave, and a slave can redeem no other slave. Still, He had to be a man. Kingdom authority was lost by a man and needed to be righteously regained by a man. That is the reason for the Virgin Birth. The baby in Mary’s womb was a man, but He was not a son of Adam. He’s the son of God. He was both as much man as if He were not God at all and as much God as if He were not a man at all.
But He did not defeat Satan as God; He defeated Satan as a perfect man. It would have been a farce and a hollow victory had God simply snatched the dominion from Satan and turned it back over to sinful men. God’s plan is far richer, fuller, and greater than that. When Jesus Christ came to Earth born of a virgin, totally and absolutely sinless, Satan knew he had a problem on his hands. He knew that a new battle was beginning.
• How does it change your perspective on Jesus to remember that He was just as human as you are?
• How does today’s devotion remind you of the importance of the Virgin Birth?
Make a list of things you share in common with Jesus through your humanity. Write down how these things enable Jesus to relate to you in ways you may not have considered before.