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Friday, September 12, 2008

Jesus: He Accomplished What No One Else Could

Author: Karin Peavy

Philippians 2:9 tells us that Jesus' name is above all others. God gave Jesus this honor because of what He accomplished through His earthly ministry. What did Jesus accomplish?

1. He resisted sin.

Jesus was tempted in all points yet He was without sin (see Hebrews 4:15). Think about the phrase "all points" for a minute. This verse is telling us that that every temptation common to man including lying, stealing, bad thoughts, anger, etc. was thrown at Jesus. Yet He never fell for any of it.

"But Karin, Jesus is God. Of course He was able to stand against sin," you might say. Yes, Jesus is God. But we must understand He walked this earth as a man. Part of His purpose was to experience what we have to go through so that He could become a more understanding High Priest (see Hebrews 2:16-18). Jesus stripped Himself of the **privileges** of being God. He was able to perform miracles because He was filled with and perfectly yielded to the Holy Spirit.

2. Jesus manifested the perfect will of God everywhere He went.

He told the truth, healed,cast out demons, met financial needs, and more.

3. He suffered indignities befitting a criminal although He was perfect in every way.

He was severely beaten and called a liar yet He never retaliated. Finally, He was hung on a cross between two thieves. Still, He did not think of Himself. "Father, forgive them because they don't know what they are doing," He prayed. He entrusted the care of His mother to the disciple named John when He said: "Woman, behold thy son. Son, behold thy mother."

4. He became sin who knew no sin.

The scriptures tell us that Jesus who never knew sin, became sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God. We see lots of pictures of Jesus hanging on a cross but Isaiah prophesied that He would be severely disfigured (see Isaiah 52:14). This was the result of every sin and sickness known to man invading Jesus' body.

5. He took our punishment in Hell.

I can't imagine the torture Jesus went through at the hands of the devil and all his demons.

6. He rose in victory and power.

Jesus took the keys to Hell and Death and then made an open display of the devil as a defeated foe (see Ephesians 4:7-9).

Though His brief life on earth could not have been easy, Jesus remained focused on His mission and accomplished what no other had done: the redemption of all mankind.

Karin Peavy uses her pen to help change lives. She is the author of Hot Chocolate For the Spirit, a new Bible devotional that is chock full of scripture keys that will help you live your best now. Karin also publishes a weekly ezine that reveals the many ways God is moving in your life, sometimes behind the scenes, and perhaps in ways you never imagined. Visit http://www.karinpeavy.com to discover more Bible study resources.

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