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To die. And to connect with us. He is not some far away God. He is intimate and personal and loving. I don't know about you, but many people have rejected me in my life. It comforts me to know that Christ KNOWS what that feels like. I can relate to Him and I know He can relate to me. Not just on a God level, but as a person......It's also a comfort to know that He understands temptation on a personal level.
Other than dieing for our sins, he came to experience the human condition. He went into the wilderness for a year to be tempted and experience what we do everyday when we are tempted. Yet, unlike us, he emerged without sin. So now,God understands everything we go thru first hand.
Because God is spirit and he cannot die. In order to die He had to become flesh. The Word Of God tells us without the shedding of blood there is no redemption of sin. Animal sacrifices did not take away the sins of the Jewish people it just covered their sins. God Loved His creation so much that He became flesh to die for our sins so that we could be reconciled with Him. Jesus was the illimate sacrifice for sins.
Before Jesus, we just had the Law. But then the Law had to be applied by imperfect people with mixed results not always in keeping with the spirit of the law. Jesus came to demonstrate the Law of Love.
Explaining why he had come to earth, Jesus told the Roman governor Pontius Pilate: “For this I have been born, and for this [purpose] I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37) But what particular truths was Jesus sent to earth to make known? First, truths about his heavenly Father. He taught his followers to pray that his Father’s name be “hallowed,” or held holy. (Matthew 6:9, King James Version) And he prayed: “I have made your name manifest to the men you gave me.” (John 17:6) Also, he said: “I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this I was sent forth.”—Luke 4:43. That was not the only reason, Matthew 20:28 say, “The Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul [or, life] a ransom in exchange for many.”
Only a man could be "born under the law." No animal or angelic being is "under the law." Only humans are born under the law and only a human being could redeem other human beings born under the same law. Jesus had to be fully human is that God established the necessity of the shedding of blood for the remission of sins (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22). The blood of animals, although acceptable on a temporary basis as a foreshadowing of the blood of the perfect God-Man, was insufficient for the permanent remission of sin. Humanity of Jesus enables Him to relate to us in a way the angels or animals never can. It was necessary for Jesus to come in the flesh because believing that truth is a prerequisite for salvation. Merry Christmas Betty
It seems god needed a human sacrifice to scapegoat for the sins he inflicted us with. So he sacrificed himself to himself... except it was no real sacrifice because he came back again and became a god, which seems like a pretty good deal really.
He didn't because logically speaking, the concept of God becoming man contradicts the basic meaning of the term "God". By definition, God is not a man because man is limited and God is unlimited. To be humans means you have limits and to be divine means you have none. So, unless you believe God could be limited and unlimited at the same time, He did not become a man.