Last week we looked at why Jesus needed to be truly human, this week we will consider why our Redeemer needed to be truly God. Verideia students learn that this is necessary so that because of Christ’s divine nature, His obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also, that He would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.

At Trinity Bible Chapel where I am a member, we just concluded an excellent sermon series on the Ten Commandments. As the demands of God’s law were brought to bear in our lives it was quickly apparent how desperately we needed Christ, the God Man, to fulfill the demands of His law on our behalf.

The deity of Christ addresses a common problem we have, being we don’t see our sin from God’s
perspective nor our ‘righteousness’. If the Apostle Paul considered his ‘righteousness’ as menstrual rags, how should we consider ours? The only righteousness that can satisfy our need is Christ’s and the only payment that can satisfy the just penalty for our unrighteousness is the death of Christ.

Where does this leave us? Crying out to Christ the King of mercy and grace for His righteousness and pleading with God to punish His own Son in our place. Would man have ever, thought up this plan of salvation? No, only the all-wise triune God of the Bible in eternity past would.