I had a nice and vigorous debate, recently, with another pastor about the most important characteristic of Jesus. Was it His leadership skills? His speaking style? His ability to connect with other?
We all see different things in others. Some see Jesus as quiet and humble. Others see Him as boisterous and angry. Some see Him as wealthy while others think of Him as poor.
It reminded me of this quote I came across a while back. I first read this in the writings of DA Carson.
“It has been said that if our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior!”
What an amazing truth. Jesus saved us. In fact, the very first thing we learn about Jesus is in the Gospel of Matthew when the Angel Gabriel tells Joseph:
“…and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The messenger of God told us the very mission of Jesus and made absolutely certain that we understood that His identity would be inseparably tied to that mission forever.
You and I needed help. We needed forgiveness so God sent a Savior. And what a Savior He sent! He is the perfect and unblemished Lamb of God.
Thank you, Jesus!