The price for our salvation was God’s Son – His one and only Son. Consider the magnitude of God’s gift today, as the creator of the world who has always existed in heaven came to earth and took on human flesh to redeem us from an empty way of life. This is Jesus!
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-5, 14
Yesterday, we were considering God’s love for us in the coming of Jesus to be our Saviour. Today we focus on how God gave his one and only Son. Let’s remember today that the price for our salvation was God’s Son – His one and only Son.
Jesus is referred to in John 1 as the Word. We know this because of vs. 14 in which we see the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. And we also see that Jesus is a Son in a non-traditional sense. Like the Father, he has always been in existence. Jesus was with God and was God in the beginning. In fact, he was the creator of all things. And so we see that he is not the offspring of God in eternity. Rather, he is the Son in terms of his position within the three persons who are God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1 tells us that Jesus is the first-born of all creation, referring to his pre-eminence. Jesus has first place and the rights of the first-born in the family. That family is all creation. Jesus is first.
Consider the magnitude of God’s gift: The creator of the world who has always existed in heaven came to earth and took on human flesh as a little baby. The Christmas story tells of God sending the one who made and sustains all things in creation to become the Word of God in the flesh for us.
John refers to Jesus as his one and only Son. This description tells us how precious Jesus is in heaven. God’s love for us is so grand and lavish and yes, sacrificial, that he gave up Jesus to come to earth in order to reconcile us to him.
We can also realize that this role was ordained for Jesus prior to creation. It could only be Jesus. Ever.
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
The sacrificial system of Israel was based on the sacrifices of perishable things of value or lambs and goats which had a limited life span anyway. These sacrifices atoned for sin for a time, yet Jesus atoned for all sin for all time. And knowing that we would reject God and separate ourselves from him in our sin (Isaiah 59:1-2), the plan of sending Jesus was put in place before creation and revealed to us in these last times. Jesus: the only one who can redeem us from the empty way of life.
We believe in God through Jesus. In fact, Luke writes to us in Acts 4:12 that there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Only Jesus. The only Son. The only way.
As you consider the meaning and reason for Christmas this year, consider how special and precious and exclusive the gift of Jesus is from God in heaven. God loved us so much that he gave his one of only Son for each of us.