1 John 2:1-2 CSB – 1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the righteous one. 2 He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. (emphasis mine)
God is so personal. He came as a human. He experienced human form, not just a number of days or months, but 33 years of growth stages and family life and learning a trade and living in a community — himself.
Romans 8:1-4 CSB – 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, 4 in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (emphasis mine)
God is so relational. Jesus was born into a family. He was raised in a community. He gathered disciples. He told of God’s plan, the church.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 CSB – 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! 18 Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (emphasis mine)
Such an incredible plan.
Such amazing grace.
Immanuel, God is with us.