Part 3 of 6 Jesus and the Cross Holy Week Reflections
John 1:14 And the Word [God the Son] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
God had dealt with the sin of humankind time and time again throughout the Old Testament. Making animal coverings for Adam and Eve in the garden. Cleansing and remaking the world with Noah’s flood. God gave the 10 commandments and the 613 laws to Moses to govern the people and when the people broke the laws (as God knew they would), He provided an annual Day of Atonement, or day of forgiveness, to cleanse their hearts.
But these dealings with sin were all shadows, or mere pictures, of the ultimate means by which sin would have to be dealt with.
God the Father choose to deal with sin personally. He did so by sending God the Son to dwell among men in human form. In sending His only Son Jesus, we not only witness God in the flesh, but we also see in him in his fullest glory. Jesus said, “If you have known me, you have known my Father also.” (John 14:7)
Jesus was sent to deal with sin. The price to be paid for sin, however, would be costly. But that is for verse 4.