MONDAY, MARCH 23
The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
John 1:14 (CEV)
THE HUMANITY OF JESUS
In yesterday’s message, we looked at the significance of Jesus’ words, “I am thirsty.” This week, we will take a closer look at this idea of thirst and its implications for us. As we begin, the most apparent truth we glean from Jesus’ thirst is that He was fully human. As Christ-followers, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God. His divine identity never changed while He lived on earth. “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” (Colossians 2:9 NLT2)
The Bible teaches that He was also fully man. He experienced life on earth as we do. He was tired and slept. He was sad and cried. He experienced pain and suffering. He made friends and was betrayed by a friend. He was born and then experienced death. He was homeless at the end of His life and never married. He took care of His widowed mother. He got hungry and was thirsty. Jesus gets it. Better yet, He gets you. He isn’t a God who can’t relate.
“Jesus understands every weakness of ours because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! Therefore, whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 CEV)
Who else knows what you need more than Him? Bring Him your needs today. How often do you bring your needs to God in prayer? What keeps you from praying more? What is one change you can bring to your prayer life this week to make it a greater priority?
When we approach God in prayer, the writer of Hebrews says that “we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.” As you lift up your needs to your Heavenly Father today, thank Him in advance for the kindness and help He will bring.