17th August 2011

Human, Just Like Us

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.  He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what.  Not at all.  When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!  Having become human, he stayed human.  It was an incredibly humbling process.  He didn’t claim special privileges.  Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.”
Philippians 2:5-8 (MSG)

I talked last time about my exercise routine doing a Tony Little ab work-out. You may have seen him on infomercials. He makes me laugh but sometimes what he says makes sense and even expresses a bit of spiritual wisdom. I call it the Wit & Wisdom of Tony Little.  During one of the exercises, Tony says he doesn’t use weights even though he could because he wants to be like us. If he did I might be intimidated. And it’s true, I don’t use weights – the routine is hard enough, at least so far.

Jesus came to earth to be like us. He was God but he was also fully human (hard to understand but true). One of my favorite places in the Bible is Philippians 2 that says even though Jesus was God he didn’t hold on to being God. He became a human, with all that goes with it.

When Jesus was arrested, Peter tried to come to his defense by cutting off the ear of a guard. As he healed the ear, Jesus said he could have called legions of angels at any time but he didn’t. He could have blown everyone away with just a breath, but he humbled himself, submitting to the human experience, including death. He gave us the perfect example of living in the Spirit and being empowered by the Spirit while being completely human. Jesus showed us the way to live in total trust and dependence on his Father. What an amazing thing he did, when he emptied himself of his divinity to be just like us.

Prayer
You became like us, Jesus, so that we could become like you.  Thank you for your sacrifice and help us as we exercise in the Lord!
Amen

Study by Tammy Tkach

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