The message was very clear to Joseph, whose mind was filled with confusion and dilemma. Mary, the virgin whom he was betrothed to was already conceived. He knew it was not him who was responsible. So he decided to put her away silently. It was then the most important message was delivered from Creator God to His created mankind, a surprise to the already confused Joseph. The message was this “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21.
The message delivered from God to Joseph about the birth of Christ in a miraculous way is a message of hope to all mankind, and it remained so to the very end. It did not say he will save his people from bondage, poverty, oppression, disease, destruction or any other human problem. It was a clear one point agenda from God that he will save his people from sins. God in Jesus Christ wanted to accomplish something that any human being can never accomplish, that is to save his people from sins, the central point of all the above mentioned human problems and hopelessness. Sin according to the Bible can be defined as “Man’s disobedience to God’s command”. In the beginning, the first man disobeyed God and failed in the inaugural test to show his gratitude of faithfulness to His Creator. Though it was man who failed in his faithfulness to his Creator, God was faithful enough to do the redemptive process. It was a one point agenda to overcome sin, a product of man’s disobedience. The culmination of this redemptive process of God along with mankind reached its zenith at the life and times of Jesus Christ, especially at the cross of Calvary where Jesus Christ was crucified.
What message does the event of Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross carry? The message is simple yet profound. It carries the message of Love and hope to all mankind (John 3:16), and also a message of the completion of a long redemptive process that God was doing. Yes, Christ over came human sin, when he uttered the final word on the cross “It is finished “(19:28-30). It took God to give His own Son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice on the cross, a sacrifice that involved a bloodshed (Hebrews 9:22, 1 John 1:7)). At the cross, Jesus overcame sin for us and everything was reversed (2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 53:5). This reversal effect brought hope to all mankind and sin can no more be a reason for our hopelessness, except for our unbelief on Gods sin offering in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ died for each and every person in the world, and He is the only hope offered by God to mankind. Jesus Christ on the cross doesn’t communicate a hopeless Saviour hanging on the cross for us to feel sympathetic about. But it communicates about a daring God, who was ready to do anything for His most beautiful creation in mankind to be saved. God accomplished His redemptive plan for us in Jesus Christ. He shed even the last drop of blood for the mistakes we have done. We don’t have to live in the guilt of the past anymore. Here is the message of hope, that Christ died on the cross two thousand years ago and there is no condemnation for those who believe in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). All we have to do is to confess our sins to God, and believe that what He has done is more than enough to cleanse us from our sins and unrighteousness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. The point of Christ’s death on the cross is the death of sin and the beginning point of hope.