Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven…(Colossians 1:16-23)~~ Why did God become man? This is the enigma of Christ. Only man should pay the penalty for his sin; because sin is, after all, a mess that human beings have made; but only God could pay this penalty. An imperfect prophet dying on a cross would at most be a martyr and a model. Jesus Christ was human, and also divine, His sacrifice had a human face on it, but His death in our place is the true divine offering. He is the image of the invisible God, and by Him all things were created, and all God’s fullness dwelt in Him. And so, because of who He was, He was able to reconcile to God all things by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. On that most violent of all days in human history, God was reaching out to those who were alienated from Him and at enmity with Him. He offered us reconciliation so we could end up holy in His sight, without blemish, and free from accusation. Our debt to sin is paid in full! Only God could do that!!