That idea just blows my mind.
I know it is true…but I can’t wrap my head around it regardless of how much I try.
So, I accept it by faith.
The implications of God becoming man are truly awesome!
God took on humanity, came to earth as a helpless baby, became one of us, to save us!
That fact is so profound!
Yet, He did even more!
The fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took on the likeness of mankind impacts me beyond salvation, it touches me TODAY, right here, right now!
When I am having a hard day, when I’m tired, when I’m tempted to give into sin, when I’m in need, when I’m grieving, when I’m wishing things could be different, when I’m hurt by the action or words of another…Jesus KNOWS and understands.
God became a man, experienced the hardships of life in order that He could experientially identify with what mankind goes through and be an understanding High Priest .
Jesus was tired (John 4:6)
Jesus battled with Satan’s temptation to sin. (Matthew 4:8-10)
Jesus experienced physical hunger. (Matthew 4:2)
Jesus lost a friend to death. (John 11)
Jesus struggled when He was on His way to the cross. (Luke 22:42-44)
Jesus was betrayed by His closest friends. (Luke 22:47-61)
He did not have to do that.
But He stepped into our shoes in order to be a Savior Friend who understands our struggles.
Though He is not marred by sin like you and I, He understands the temptations.
Jesus could have come to earth, died for our sins and returned to heaven.
But He did so much more than that for us.
He experienced the hardships of life from beginning to end.
Hebrews 4:14 – 16 says
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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Understanding these truths helps in our day to day; realizing that our Savior understands, experientially, what we are going through. He knows how to take our requests, struggles, burdens to God. Because He KNOWS!
Let’s come before the throne of Grace with every need, desire, heart ache and thank Him that He knows!