In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Written by: Gina Rock
The Word tells us that Jesus is both fully man and fully God. That’s a concept my heart accepts but my finite mind often struggles to comprehend. We live in a world of mutual exclusion. You can’t be both sick and well. You can’t be both democrat and republican. You can’t be both young and old.
Compromise is a concept I can wrap my mind around. Someone can be under the weather, but not gravely ill. We use the term moderate to describe those who don’t swing particularly left or right at all times. You can be young or old in comparison to those around.
Jesus, however, defies all of our constructs in that he is both FULLY man and FULLY God; not half and half, but whole and whole.
There are stories of Jesus where I feel his Godhood is on full display. I read Old Testament prophecies of a coming King or the telling of Jesus conquering death and then ascending to the right hand of God.
Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before he was arrested and crucified, is where I find myself most attentive to Jesus’ humanity. Of course it was there all along, but I can only imagine the weight and grief he must have felt knowing the cross was just ahead. He toiled, cried, and asked God the Father to change His circumstance. But then, being both God and man, He humbled Himself to be obedient to death on the cross. He was the only man to ever walk this earth that didn’t have to die, and yet, He chose to die so we could live.
Thought of the day: Take some time this week to dwell on Jesus’ manhood. He knew He would feel every ounce of pain and agony on the cross, and yet He willingly sacrificed Himself for us because of His perfect love.
Prayer: God, thank You for being too wonderful and too complex for me to fully grasp. Thank You for sending Your Son to die so that I could have life. Lord, thank You for Your goodness and mercy I’ve received because of the cross. Amen.