The only way the righteous requirements of God could be fulfilled was for God himself—the only eternal and holy one—to take on human flesh, enter time and be born to a virgin—his name was called Jesus, He is God with us. Jesus, fully man, lived a perfect life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, fully God, “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8).
After living the perfect life we couldn’t live, he died the death we should have died. Jesus chose to lay down his life in both obedience to the will of the Father and out of the love he had for those who would receive his sacrifice as the provision for their forgiveness and salvation. Three days after his death, Jesus was raised to life. He walked on the earth, talked to his followers, and explained how the Scriptures had been fulfilled through his life, death and resurrection. Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” Jesus offers sinful man (who was spiritually dead and separated from God) forgiveness and life through faith in Him. When Jesus died on the cross his last words were “It is finished” (John 19:30). The punishment due sinful man had been fully administered, the debt of sin had been paid in full!