“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” (Rom. 8:3)
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are.” (Heb. 4:15)
How often we walk by the cross of Christ, throw a dollar in the hat at the foot of it, and give our sacrificial Lamb a cordial, yet not too convincing, “thanks”. How equally often we fail to even faintly grasp the lengths God went to, and the depths His Son sank to, to re-purchase through transgression forced upon Him a relationship lost through transgression incurred through choice by us. If a righteous man on earth were to humble himself to the point of being made the butt of jokes, falsely accused, beaten mercilessly to the point of death, made a spectacle of in the streets of the capital city, and then die a torturous death at the hands of brutal slave-masters to pay the price for even one life, we would call him a hero. Yet that would pale in comparison to the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Alpha and Omega forsaking not only His throne in heaven, but the very oneness of the “US” of Genesis: Father, Son, and Spirit, who did likewise!
Jesus was truly “in all points tempted as we are,” because He was truly made “in the likeness of sinful flesh.” And it had to be so to win the victory in the flesh that was lost in the flesh. May we, whenever we happen upon the cross, stand in awe and reverent holy fear of the God made man, and yea the lowest of men, to buy back at such tremendous cost what we sold off so cheaply. May we realize the height, depth, and breadth of the fall He endured on our behalf and give grateful thanks. May that then inspire us on to “love and good deeds” that, in their finest moments are unworthy to loose the sandals of the One who displayed the greatest of them all.