Jesus doesn't come as just a picture of what we ought to be - though He is that for sure. But He comes assuming the nature - the broken personhood - of each one of us in our sin. Though absolutely sinless He assumes our total fallenness and carries it in the perfect obedience we failed to give, all the way to the cross. The humanity Jesus took to the cross was exactly the humanity of Don Horban. Don Horban at his worst. Jesus wasn't just pretending to be like me. He was me in His humanity. That's the only reason Paul (and Don Horban) can say I was crucified with Christ.... He tied Himself to all I was in Adam.
The saving work of God the Son doesn't begin on the cross. It climaxes there, to be sure. But it has its visible beginning in the physical humanity of the second Adam, God the Son. This is where we are united, tied to the man, Jesus Christ. His work for us has its roots in our nature in Him. If this isn't accomplished first in the Incarnation then Jesus just died unjustly, by Himself - for no one else at all.
Rev. Don Horban - November 27, 2016
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