He Identified

Jesus chose to identify with humans!

First, by becoming one. Though Creator of us all, He took on flesh and blood (John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2:14).

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Second, by being baptized. John’s baptism was one “of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:3). Jesus had no sins to repent of. Yet God required baptism of all the Jews (Luke 7:28-30). So Jesus submitted.

Third, by associating with society’s rejects. His detractors called Him “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Luke 7:34). That He was.

Fourth, by dying as a criminal, though innocent.

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God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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