Monday, July 23, 2012

Just Like Us

There is a great little verse in the book of Hebrews that gives us a glimpse into the character of Jesus. In the 17th verse of the 2nd chapter we see that Jesus “became like His brethren that He may be a faithful and merciful High Priest.”

     We will often talk about the birth of Jesus in the Christmas story, but we have to remember that His birth was not His beginning, Jesus existed before this world was ever created, and He lived in a heaven where He never needed anything. No bad days. No sickness. No sin. No cross.

     But Jesus chose to leave behind all of that and become a man—like His brethren. What kind of High Priest would Jesus be if He knew nothing of what we go through? It is true that Jesus came to earth for the crucifixion; He was born just to die. But there is also a great truth here in that Jesus also came to experience everything that you and I face.

     At Christmas we celebrate Emanuel—God with us—but it is also God like us.

     So next time you talk to the Lord in prayer, remember, He knows exactly what you are going through, so He knows how to give you exactly what you need. 

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