We talk about how Jesus is man and God. It’s not that he is “part man” and “part God.” He is fully human and fully God. This is one of those examples where our limited brains cannot conceive the depth of this truth. Either you are one or the other, how can you be both?
A very, very simple example is that I am a mother and I am a daughter. I am not just “part” mom, I am a mom. I am not just “part” daughter, I am fully my parent’s daughter. This example doesn’t begin to speak to the intricacy of Jesus’ humanity and deity. What we need to remember is that Jesus became one of us so that he could experience what we go through firsthand.
Not only did Jesus feel sadness and weep, he felt anger and yelled, he loved us and died for us. That should stop us all in our tracks. We have all been sad and angry, and we have all loved. But would we die for someone else? That’s a question to wrestle with. We are not being asked to die for our friends here, and that’s not the point. But we should always be mindful of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
What sacrifice have you made on account of Jesus? Setting an alarm for Sunday morning church services does not count as a sacrifice. It is an honor and privilege to be able to share with other believers and be engaged in a time of worship together. We should never feel like it is a duty or a sacrifice. It is both a blessing to us and to God. So long as we focus on who we are worshiping and why, we can stay grounded.
“[B]ecause he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Jesus has gone before us. He has conquered death so that we can die and live with him forever. Everlasting life is our precious gift, bought for us with Jesus’ precious blood.
How does this passage speak to you? Feel free to leave your comments below. I am always curious to learn how others reflect. This is not a Bible study blog, although I sometimes throw in some of that. You are always welcome to share your thoughts in the comments. It opens up discussion for our readers both in “real time” and those will find us in the future.
When I think of Jesus coming to earth, humbling himself to be human, I recall a story David told in a sermon on Christmas Eve once upon a time. Here it is for you to listen to HERE.
Let’s pray. Lord, I am amazed at your love for us. You knew the best thing was to come to be one of us. You sent your only Son. May I be aware of your presence guiding me. Forgive me when I try to do it all on my own. Thank you for the blessings you have given me and the individuals you bring into my life each day. May I be the blessing to them that you intended. In Jesus’ name. Amen.