The Christmas season is the time of year when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The story of his birth is one of the most important events in Christianity, and it is also one of the most mysterious. Jesus was God incarnate, born as a human being. This fact raises an interesting theological question: why did Jesus have to be both God and Man at the same time?
Jesus had to be born as man and as God in order to win back Satan’s dominion over the world that was lost because the first man sinned, and to be sinless to accomplish this objective, He had to be born as the son of God without a material father.
When Jesus was born, He was born to fulfill God’s plan for humanity. The Bible says, For with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37). This means that any plan God sets in motion can be accomplished. Jesus’ birth was an example of God’s power and His capability to do the impossible.
Some people question why God chose to use Jesus’s birth as a Plan B when Plan A with Adam had failed. Additionally, many ponder why God, being all-powerful, would not have defeated Satan without the need for Jesus’s sacrifice.
Alice and Bob are debating why Jesus had to die to save mankind from Satan. Alice is the questioner who has a lot of questions about the bible and the Christian faith. Bob is a pastor.
Alice: “Wait, so why did Jesus have to die exactly? I mean, couldn’t God have just forgiven us, like he usually does?”
Bob: “Ah, the age-old question. Well, Alice, God’s forgiveness was not enough to atone for our sins, so Jesus had to die a sacrificial death to pay the price for mankind’s sin.”
Alice: “That doesn’t make any sense. Why would God demand a human life just to forgive us? That’s kinda harsh, don’t you think?”
Bob: “It’s the way of the Lord. He requires us to accept His sacrifice to receive salvation.”
Alice: “But why can’t He just forgive us without all this death and suffering? It seems a bit extreme.”
Bob: “It is a hard concept to understand, but God’s ways are not our ways. His ways are higher than ours, and He knows what is best for us.”
Alice: “That’s true, but still, it seems like a lot of trouble to go through just to forgive us. Are you sure this is what God wanted?”
Bob: “Yes, this is what God wanted. And remember, we are not alone in this. Jesus went through this for us, and He is with us every step of the way. He will never leave us nor forsake us.”
Bob then went on to explain that in the beginning, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit were all united in one triune Godhead. This triune Godhead governed three archangels, one of whom was Lucifer. When Lucifer rebelled against God, he was cast out of Heaven, and this was when Jesus was called upon to redeem mankind from their sins. It was this act of love and sacrifice that enabled humans to be forgiven and receive salvation.
Note: I took the help of HyperWrite Artificial Intelligence Tool to write the conversation above. I represent Alice and Bob represents a conventional pastor in the conversation.