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The Man Nobody Wanted

When God came to earth in Jesus Christ, he was the son of Leah.  Oh yes, he was!  He became the man nobody wanted.  He was born in a manger.  He had no beauty that we should desire him.  He came to his own and his own received him not.  And at the end, nobody wanted him.  Everybody abandoned him. 

Why did he become the man nobody wanted?  For you and for me!  Here is the gospel: God did not save us in spite of the weakness that he experienced as a human being but through it.  And you don’t actually get that salvation into your life through your strength; it is only for those who admit they are weak.  And if you cannot admit that you are a hopeless moral failure and a sinner and that you are absolutely lost and have no hope apart from the sheer grace of God, then you are not weak enough for Leah and her son and the great salvation that God has brought into the world.

Tim Keller, “The Girl Nobody Wanted” in Heralds of the King, p. 70

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