1. Be human
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and without the shedding of blood there is
no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22). But God cannot shed blood or die. Therefore, the
Savior must be human to identify with us, die in our place, and pay the penalty for
our sins on our behalf. Hebrews 2: 17 states, “Therefore He [Jesus] had to be made
like his brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful
high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Propitiation is a two-part act that involves appeasing the wrath of an offended person
and being reconciled to him.
2. Be God
Isaiah 43:11 states, “I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” But it has
already been mentioned that in order to pay the penalty of sin the Savior must die.
This dilemma is solved in the person of Jesus Christ, who is both God and man.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”