– David Jeremiah
Here are three biblical reasons that Jesus had to come in the flesh and live as a man to bring us into immorality.
A Sympathetic High Priest
I have done some grief counseling over the years, and it sometimes is easier when I have suffered the same loss as they have, like with my brother and my mother, so I can sympathize with their loss and understand better what they feel. No, I don’t exactly know what they are going through, but I have a good idea. In this same way, Jesus became man so He could fully understand what we are going through. The main point is, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15), and this gives us the “confidence to draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Hebrews 4:15 also shows that Jesus knows what our temptations are like because “in every respect [He] has been tempted as we are, yet without sin,” so we can never say “Jesus, You don’t understand.”
A Perfect High Priest
Jesus was the only Sinless man Who ever lived on the face of the earth. As such, He made the perfect high priest, but in order to be one, “he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:17). “When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:11-12), and so He actually “offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb. 9:14). The Old Testament priests had to repeat the sacrifices over and over, year after year, but Jesus only once and for all and for all time.
A Perfect King
Jesus was destined to become King, and His coming and being born in the lineage of David (Matt. 1:1) fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. Jesus is the Son of David, and that was what He was called many times. He was prophesied and is destined to become the King, not only of ancient Israel but of the whole world. The coming Messiah was to sit on David’s throne (Isaiah 9:6-7; Jer. 23:5), so Jesus had to come in the flesh. We know that this was Jesus, as the Apostle John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1), “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Whoever believes in Jesus will be saved (John 3:16), but whoever rejects believing in Him will have the wrath of God abiding on them (John 3:36b), so there is every reason to believe that Jesus had to come and be born as a man. Also, being very God, he could rightly bear the sins of the world to save those who would repent and believe in Him (Mark 1:15).