I am currently going through Hebrews for the second time, and I stumbled upon verses which reminded me of a question I constantly asked as a little girl:
Why did Jesus come as a human and what was the significance of it?
As I have talked to many of my friends, readers, and small groups I have realized that this is a question many Christians ask. My small group has had conversation after conversation about this topic. However, the Bible answers this question about why God chose Jesus to come as human flesh even though there were hundreds of other ways he could have come.
“Because God’s children are humans beings – made of flesh and blood – the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” (Hebrews 2:14-18)
In this verse there are important words and phrases which helps us answer why Jesus came as a human:
1. Jesus and I are flesh and blood, which means we will eventually die
Jesus came as human flesh because God’s children are flesh and blood too. This means we will be born, live, and then die. In the same way, Jesus had to do the same. He was born in a manger, lived as a perfect individual and healed many people, and he had to die the most painful death.
2. Death was necessary, so he could overtake the Devil
Jesus wanted to take down the Devil because he had the power of death. But when Jesus died, he took down the power of death because we are no longer slaves to fear of dying because of the eternal life we have through knowing Jesus Christ.
3. He wanted to help save and help us, not angels. This meant he had to come like us.
He didn’t come to save the angels. He came to save us. Therefore, he had to come like us so that we could see an example of how merciful and faithful God is. There wouldn’t be as much significance if he came as an angel.
4. He experienced temptation, which means he can help us when we face it too
Every human who walks on this earth will experience temptation at one time during their life, which meant Jesus did too but he didn’t sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus had temptations and hardships and this should make us feel even more comforted. Jesus, the most perfect person experienced temptation, and understands how hard it is to walk on this earth without facing temptation. So, this allows us to turn to him when being tested because he experienced it too.
There was a purpose God chose Jesus to come as human flesh. There could have been hundreds of other ways, but God wanted him to walk the earth just as you and I do every day. We have a God who understands us, wants to save us, and overtook the Devil by freeing us from the fear of dying because of everlasting life. This should make us want to rejoice his awesome and wonderful name.