Daily Archives: December 31, 2004

Jesus Was Fully Man

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.’

3 Elements of the Christian Message

2  Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

The above Bible passage encapsulates the whole essence of the Gospel and the heartbeat of the Christian life. Paul used it as his final reminder to the church in Corinth. It is so simple. You can almost read over it at first.

As I read it this morning, I was overcome by the deepness of the Christian life and the power in the message. The three elements are grace through Jesus work on our behalf, receiving the love of God and walking in communion with the Holy Spirit. Grace is receiving something you don’t deserve. And in this case, grace includes cleansing past sins, purification in the present, everlasting life, and God’s power to live a holy life. God never asks us to do something that He is not willing to help us live out. God knows that we need His help. And He is prepared to give it.

Secondly, we must receive God’s love to grasp the real intention of the Gospel. God does not love us because we are cute and adorable creatures. No, God loves us because He is love.

God loves even the worst of the worst. Many people chase around all their lives looking for love. But they never find pure love. They have a hard time really believing that God loves them. Love has become almost a dirty word to them. As a result, they miss out on the love that would have made them secure. God’s love makes us OK with ourselves and removes our insecurities.

Thirdly, communion with the Holy Spirit is a must if we are to live the life that God intended. God designed us to be spiritual men and women. The spirit is that part of a person that connects with God. It is hidden deep within a Christian. It is the still small voice that will guide us to make right choices or perceive hidden dangers.

The reason that Jesus was able to do great miracles and always seem to know what to do was because He was full of the Spirit. The same Holy Spirit is available today to any followers of Jesus. It guides in truth and righteousness. It gives power for the mutual edification of God’s people and the service of His kingdom. Today, very few people walk in communion with the Spirit. Instead, we tend to experience the Spirit on retreats or rare occassions. Really spiritual people may encounter the Spirit throughout the day. Very few stay in constant awareness of the Spirit, even though it is always there. The Spirit is always available to those who will listen, submit and let God’s power flow.

Oh, God, may my life consist of the three elements in this verse. May I be full of grace, living in your love and walking in communion with the Spirit. Help me to be holy as You are holy. May I be free from any insecurities because I am loved by You. Your love is perfect, absolutely flawless. May I be a spiritual man with my soul and flesh brought under subjection to my spirit. And may my spirit be guided by the Holy Spirit. Amen!