From Why Christ Came (Beeke, Boekestein, 2013): #3 -To Bring Light to a Dark World
Since the fall in Adam, God had sent prophets to expose people’s sin, call them to repentance, and point them to Christ (Jer. 25: 3-7).
Nonetheless, sin’s ghastliness was not made fully manifest until Christ came to earth (Acts 17:30, Luke 12:48). Because they were sinners none of God’s earlier messengers had personally embodied the stark contrast between God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness. In Christ’s suffering, particularly in the crucifixion, the darkest blot was painted on the brightest canvas.”