Born a human to understand us

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Matthew 1

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 4

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We can put these two passages together today to remind us and to encourage us that Jesus Christ understands our lives. If Christ had not come in the form of a human, through the womb of a human mother, we would hold him at arm’s length when the trials of this life came upon us. We would know that Jesus really did not understand our situations. But we have to take notice here. Mary was found with a child.

We just had a baby born in our family. Amera Grace Schroeder was born last Friday evening. While just a baby, and a beautiful one at that, she was indeed a human baby. We have every reason to expect that when Mary birthed Jesus she had a human baby. In every way the Lord Jesus came in a human body on that first Christmas morning. The importance of this fact is that as Jesus lived a fully human life from birth to death he came to understand us.

The writer of Hebrews says that our High Priest, who ever intercedes for us before the Father, intimately understands every part of our lives for He lived our lives in His own life. We cannot face any trouble in this life that He did not face. We cannot face any pain that Jesus did not face. We cannot face any emotion that Jesus did not face. He was in every way tempted and tried as we are yet He faced them all without sin. What a glorious example our Lord is to us and what a wonderful High Priest He is. Rejoice this season that your Lord Jesus understands everything about you for He lived your life in His own.

 

I challenged the teens last night to ask God for one unique opportunity to talk to someone about Christ this Christmas. Join us. People’s hearts are far more open at Christmas to talk about Jesus. He is on signs, in movies, and on cards. His name is plastered everywhere the greeting, “Merry Christmas” is displayed. Ask God for at least one unique opportunity to speak to someone of the Savior this season.

 Have a great day in the Lord,
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