Q. I’ve heard people say that Jesus never sinned, but I have a hard time believing that. He must have done something wrong at least once in his life, like we all do. What difference does it make anyway? — G.K.
A. If Jesus were simply another human being — even an exceptionally good and righteous person — then you’d be right. He’d be just like we are, imperfect and weak and falling short of God’s standards. Even if his outward life seemed perfect (which ours never are), his inner motives and desires would betray him.
But Jesus wasn’t just another human being. Yes, he was fully human, and as such he could experience pain and hunger and thirst. But he also was fully God! This is a mystery we will never completely understand this side of eternity, but when Jesus Christ was born, God himself came down from heaven and took upon himself human flesh. The Bible says, “The Son is the image of the invisible God. … For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Colossians 1:15, 19).
Why is this important? First, it means we can know what God is like. Because Jesus came into the world, we know not only that God exists, but that he loves us and wants us to come to know him personally. This can be your experience, as you ask him to come into your life and save you.
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But this is also important because it gives us hope for today and hope for the future. Because he was God, Jesus never sinned — but on the cross he willingly took upon himself all our sins and died in our place. Don’t turn away from him, but thank God for his love for you and by faith welcome Christ into your life today.
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