Hebrews 4:15 (King James Version)
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Sometimes I look at the life of Jesus in the Scriptures and tend to think of Him like some sort of super hero. This causes me as a mere mortal to dismiss any notion of every being really like Him. Jesus could bring people back from the dead, mysteriously hide himself (the first cloaking device), feed thousands with a few fish and loaves, walk on water, change the chemical compound of substances, perceive people’s thoughts, and of course, make a nifty bookshelf or table. Jesus had skills. I on the other hand am a simple writer.
But as I search the Scriptures, I have come to see that Jesus had weaknesses. His divinity did not remove His humanity. He had pain, knew what it meant to be hungry and homeless, cried for friends, and had to deal with the same distractions that everyone else has. With his charisma and power, you can be sure that woman were ready to throw themselves at his feet and do whatever He said.
Jesus encountered people flattering to Him, lying to Him, trying to manipulate Him and even trying to kill Him. Jesus had times where He asked tuff questions of God. He knew what it was like to be disappointed and overcome by the circumstances of life. He had feelings and even knew the agony of being separated from the Father.
Having left the glories of heaven, He knew sacrifice and living for something greater than Himself. This is the Jesus that really makes the Christian life full of hope. I have a savior that knows what I am going through. Jesus shows the way by His life. And it is not a model that is too complex, advanced or beyond my ability to live.
Jesus said that all things are possible for those who believe. While I can never be God, I can become like Him in godly character. As I yield to God’s power in my life, I can do greater things than even Jesus did. Why do I think that? Well, that is what Jesus said. Jesus not only have us a model to follow. He also gave us power and guidance from the Holy Spirit to pull it off.
Jesus said that He is the firstborn of many brethern. That means that He wants us to follow His lead and and look like the rest of the family. Just like a little boy always wants to be like His big brother, that’s how I feel about Jesus. I guess that Jesus came down so that I could really look up to Him. He’s walked in my shoes. He has been there and done that. And He’s come out as the champ. This gives a whole new meaning to the words, ‘I want to be just like my big brother when I grow up.’