It never ceases to amaze me the lengths God went to demonstrate His love for us. His loving and generous heart would not permit Him to simply stand by and watch His beloved creation sink deeper and deeper in sin. He had to do something. He came in person. He became one of us in order to save us. He was really God with us.
He was with us in every sense. He was with His people in their suffering, their persecution, and their physical and spiritual blindness. He was joyful when they were. He was sorrowful when they were. He identified with them, letting them know that they were not alone. He came to give them life, truth, hope, love, joy, peace, healing, understanding, deliverance, strength, courage, guidance, encouragement and most importantly, Himself.
He came to undo all that Satan had done. He came to remove the yoke of sin from about our necks. I love the account of the crippled woman He helped. One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised and thanked God! (Luke 13:10-13)
Like this woman, Jesus wants the rest of us to walk upright, to be free from the burden of sin, which Satan has placed on us. He said, Jesus replied, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.” (John 8:34-36) What a mighty God we serve.