An Unimaginable Trade
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. Romans 5:14
Before Martin Luther penned his 95 Thesis, John Hus, had already been burned at the stake because of His faith in Jesus. He was a “pre-reformation” reformer who loved the Scriptures. Speaking of Christmas, John Hus said, “Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal men may live in eternity. Rejoice, because the rich Lord of the Universe became poor, that He may enrich us needy ones.”
Jesus came to right the wrong that the first Adam had started… Rebellion, pride, sin. Because of our personal sin and our sin nature – both a result of Adam’s sin – we needed Jesus. The “one to come” in the above verse was Jesus. He came for us and that is why we celebrate Christmas!
- Jesus left the throne of Heaven and traded it for a lowly feeding trough.
- Jesus left the bright light of Heaven and traded for the dark lighting of a stable/cave.
- Jesus left the splendor of Glory and traded what many would consider the “slums” of earth.
- God took on human flesh. He became man and walked among men for 33 years!
This is a trade that Jesus made because of love. Jesus was sent by God the Father and He willingly embarked on a mission of mercy to seek and to save the lost. We are lost in our sins and Jesus made the way for salvation. He was born to die. He came to earth to be the only sacrifice the Father would accept for the forgiveness and atonement for our sin. Jesus traded riches for rags that we might be eternally rich!
Be thankful for Jesus. Whatever this day is bringing your way – trouble, pain, difficulties, busyness – stop everything and thank the Lord Jesus for making this trade – for coming to this earth for us.
By the way – there is one more trade we cannot forget. Jesus traded our sin for His righteousness. He took our sins upon Himself and paid for them on the Cross. He washes away the sin of the believer and when the Father sees a Christian – He sees the righteousness of Jesus. What a great deal for us! It really is an unimaginable trade!