It’s clear from the verses we’ve skimmed through over the last two weeks that Jesus was no ordinary man. Yes, he was born in humility, to come alongside us, and in that sense he was a human being, just like all of us. But he is (notice I use the present tense – he is alive even now!), through God’s wonderful Christmas miracle, also the Son of God, sent into the world to save us, give us eternal life, give us an eternal inheritance, make us sons of God ourselves.
In order for us to have those benefits, there had to be an exchange, which took place on the cross. As Paul says, “For our sake [God] made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus was sinless. He avoided the infection of sin that all human beings have, through the virgin birth. And on the cross God punished all the sin of all his people. Sinless Jesus was made sin, and suffered the punishment for our sin, so that we sinners might, not just be forgiven, but “become the righteousness of God.” Jesus took our position, our punishment, for our sin, so that we could take his position, his righteousness, and gain his inheritance
At Christmas we remember Jesus being born. But let’s continue to remind ourselves why his birth was amazing – because of who Jesus is, and what his life and death means for us.