May 24, 2013
I thought when I was a teenager that with the onset of maturity a time would come when I would stop embarrassing myself. I was wrong. I still have a wonderful gift for opening my mouth and putting my foot in it – all the way beyond the knee!
My only excuse is that I am human! Fortunately I learned to laugh at myself and can only hope others do as well!
When we consider Jesus, He was fully human too - but it was not so He could mess up like I do - instead he was human for our benefit.
Heb 5:1 Now a high priest is a man chosen to represent other human beings in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers their sacrifices for sins. 2 And because he is human, he is able to deal gently with the people, though they are ignorant and wayward. NLT
All high priests have to be human, and because they are they can deal gently with the people. Jesus is God in the flesh, fully God and fully man – and he is able to deal gently with us!
I am glad that Jesus is able to deal gently with me, because my humanity is not perfect and I fail. Even when he disciplines me it is gently and with an understanding of my humanity.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV
Our enemy, Satan, entered this world without authority and stole ours. Jesus, the second Adam who came to redeem us from the mess we got ourselves into entered by the gate – the womb of woman.
John 10:1 "I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. NIV
Our world is the sheep pen, we are human sheep and our Saviour came in through the gate to be exactly like us – yet without sin! He came as a human to lead us, and to lay down His life for us, that we might have real life.
John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. NIVJohn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV
We are human: let’s listen to the human God today. Ignore the thief who comes to take everything we have, and listen to the man Christ Jesus who comes to give us life today.
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