A Different Way of Life
John 8:12 (NRSV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
By his example, Jesus showed that sin in the flesh was not unavoidable and that we really are better off without it. He came right into this earthly arena with us, where the law had failed because of the weakness of the flesh, and he took on the same kind of body we have. It would have been no great thing if Jesus had stayed in heaven or just made some sort of appearance without a physical body like ours. But he came to earth and showed that it could be done.1
Jesus became flesh—God incarnate—and that is how he condemned sin in the flesh. He showed sin to be just what it was, and that’s how he condemned it. He didn’t come and stand around saying, “Sin is condemned!” He came and showed how good life under God could be in the flesh. So that everyone who looked at sin after that would say, “That’s horrible! That’s not the way it should be. There ought to be another way.” There is another way and the life of Jesus shows what it is. He gave us a different way to live, and he laid down his own life to enable us to live it.