Behold, God’s Son on a Tree

A lot of people will try to tell you that it doesn’t matter what happened thousands of years ago.  They want to say that “the times have changed”, but the truth is that people are still the same as they were thousands of years ago.  

From the moment that Adam sinned in the garden, God was working to bring us back together with Him. 

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Jesus Christ the Sin Sacrifice

Jesus was born to be the sin sacrifice for all of us.  

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 Corinthians 2:12 KJV

God cannot fellowship with sin, but He built us because He wants a relationship with us. That means that when we get saved we are able to be in communion with God.  God isn’t holding redemption from sin back from us.  

In fact, for all the years since Adam’s fall, God has been fighting to protect us and make a way home for us. 

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV

The battle isn’t physical but spiritual. 

Behold Jesus in the Manger

 In Luke 2:10 the angel of the Lord comes to announce the birth of Jesus and he says…

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

That word “behold” is the Greek word horaó (Greek 3708)It means, “to grasp the spiritual truth” of something.  The angel was telling the shepherds to understand what is happening right now!

For thousands of years, the devil had fought a spiritual battle with the angels of heaven to corrupt and keep Jesus from arriving on the earth. 

And in Matthew 1:1-17 we see Jesus outlined as the descendant of the house of David.  This was showing his legal right to be king. In Luke 3:23-38, we see the natural right as a man born of Adam. 

Jesus was born to be the sin offering “to all people”.  Not just the Jews or the select few that could work their way to heaven. 

Jesus became a substitute

In Galatians 3:13-14 it says,

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Jesus went where we were so that we could go where He is.  

Jesus died on the cross and rose again, and now it’s our responsibility to believe it. It isn’t about the law or accomplishments that will make you free from sin.  You and I already cannot qualify in our own strength because we are descendants of Adam.  

17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Galatians 3:17-18 KJV

You see.  God made a promise to Abraham for redemption before the law was even given.  All those “Dos” and “Don’ts” that people want to quote are important, but the only way to God is through Jesus.  

The law or your works cannot save you from your sins.

Believe and Confess

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 KJV

You can only receive salvation when you decide that you are tired of your life operating the way it does.  You don’t have to be something or quit something to be a Christian.  It starts with believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.  

The Bible says that if you call upon His name (the name of Jesus) you will be saved.