I’ve often thought how interesting it is that God chose to send His Son as a baby and not just place Him on earth as an adult. Sending a child that will need to grow up seems like an inefficient means of accomplish a goal. But what was God’s goal? See, we tend to view Jesus’s life in such a finite way. God’s goal for His Son, however, has many layers, reaches back to the beginning of time, and is eternal in its perspective and in its accomplishment.
Jesus coming wasn’t just about Him dying for our sin. It was about His life displaying who God is, who we are, and His love toward us. It was about bridging the gap sin created between man and God, and it was about making a way for relationship to be restored.
God didn’t just make a bunch of arbitrary laws in the OT, ignore them Himself, and in the end override them in order to save us from death. What God expressed in His laws in the OT is who He is. He proved this true by sending His Son to walk out a faithful life perfectly accomplishing those laws and in the process fully displaying who He is and what God desires for us.
“Do not think that I [Jesus] came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” ~Matthew 5:17~
“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 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. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” ~Galatians 4:3-7~
“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. . . . with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” ~Hebrews 9:11-15~
Challenge: If God is taking more time accomplishing something in your life than you think makes sense, trust Him and realize there has to be more to His plan than you currently see.