March7/Luke 2

Happy Monday! We ended Mark last Thursday with the death and resurrection of Jesus and today we cruise right back into his birth. It was very important that Jesus be born as a human being. This chapter is all about letting us know that Jesus although he was fully God he was also fully man. I know that is hard to comprehend at least it is for me so I take it by faith and leave what I don’t understand to God’s wisdom. As I read through this chapter a couple verses in Hebrews actually came to mind. Here there are:

Hebrews 2:14–15, 17-18 (NLT) — 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

Because human beings sinned and the penalty for sin is death the only way for a human being to be set free from this penalty was to have a perfect, sinless human being step in to take the punishment. This was the only way to satisfy the wrath of God for sin.

So was Jesus made in every respect like us? Well I believe this is what this chapter in Luke is telling. Jesus went through the 9 months of the birthing process in the womb of his mother just like all of us did. I’ll admit the surroundings that he was born in were a lot cooler than ours! Did you ever have your parents say to you when your manners were less than acceptable, “Hey were you born in a barn?” Jesus could say, “As a matter of fact I was!” Ok just saying:)

He had to go through the whole growing up process: nursing, crying, poopy diapers, nap time, diaper rash, crawling, and hearing, “NO” and “Don’t put that in your mouth!” He had to learn how to walk and talk. He even had to be pottly trained! Mud puddles, frogs and snakes were tempting. He had to deal with siblings and learn to share. He was the oldest so I imagine he had to babysit. His siblings couldn’t stand him probably because he wouldn’t let them get by with anything. I bet he was called, “Mommy’s boy.” I am sure he was picked on at school because he was so purrrfect! There was home work and zits. Cute girls and all the teenage temptations with drama!. Guys wanting to experiment with things they shouldn’t. There was work and sweat and obeying imperfect parents. I always thought I knew more than my parents and that I was smarter than them; well Jesus was! He humbly obeyed them anyway. His parents had him in church regularily and he had to memorize the first five books of the bible!

He knew what it was like to be poor and not have the latest fashion in clothes. When his parents dedicated him to the Lord at the temple they sacrificed two turtle doves or pigeons. That was a poor person’s sacrifice. Those with money sacrificed a lamb. It is ironic isn’t it that one day Jesus would be that lamb sacrificed for us! He learned a trade and worked with his hands, sweated and got hungry, thirty and tired. I am sure he had to deal with irate customers. He learned how to handle money and pay taxes. He swatted mosquitos, flies and gnats. I am sure he had some hobbies and I bet he hung out with the guys.

He knew what is was like to be laughed at, criticized, rejected, betrayed, lied to, spit on, abused, whipped, thorns smashed in to his head, so weak he couldn’t carry his cross, nailed to that cross and then had the weight of the sin of the whole world past, present and future placed on him. He knew what it was like to die a slow excruciating death with out pain killers. He knows what is like in the grave and he knows what is on the other side of death. He knows what it is like to come back to life. He knows what it is like to have a heavenly Father waiting for him with open arms and a big smile! He lived it all without sinning! Our perfect sacrifice.

So was Jesus made in every respect like were we, YES and without sin! If you ever wondered does Jesus know what I am going through the answer is Yes! Does Jesus understand my situation, Yes. Can Jesus help me in this situation, Yes. Can Jesus empathize with me, Yes. Did Jesus really take the sting out of death, Yes. Will he really be waiting for me on the other side of the grave, Yes. Does Jesus really love me, YES! Did Jesus really forgive all of my sins, YES. Would it be a mistake to trust him with my life, NO!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Whenever I read this chapter I can see and hear Linus letting everyone know the true meaning of Christmas. The absolute sincerity was evident and moved me. This chapter further defines Jesus’s mission on Earth. He is heralded by angels, and worshiped by shepherds. He is also recognized by prophets at his circumcision. Finally he shows His obedience to both his heavenly father and his earthly parents.