Before the creation of all that we see, the Son of God was already a Man on a mission. He was already foreordained in the counsel of the Godhead as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. That wee baby born over two thousand years ago in Bethlehem of Judah, that tiny infant who's first bed was a manger filled with straw, was destined for death. This was the destiny He set His face like flint to fulfill, to be the ultimate Kinsman Redeemer for mankind and all of creation.
In the Old Testament we see this theme laid out. When an Israelite was sold into bondage for debt beyond their ability to pay, when their land and property were taken from them, their closest relative could act as a kinsman redeemer and deliver them from slavery and restore their land to them. This is what our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, born as one of us, came to do for us. He came to deliver us from our bondage to sin and to pay off the debt we could never ever hope to pay off on our own. At the end of the age, even this sin twisted earth will be fully redeemed and made new. That Old Testament shadow and type of the kinsman redeemer is perfectly fulfilled in reality by this wonderful Man on a mission, our Lord Jesus Christ.
What He had to go through to accomplish His grand purpose is beyond our finite human understanding. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, December 11th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)