24th December 2013

Do You See as a Mortal Sees? 

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 used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV UK) 

In a time of great distress Job asked God some questions that many Christians down through the ages have asked in times of trouble, “Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees? Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a strong man…” (Job 10:4-5). God has answered all these questions through the Incarnation when The Word, Jesus, became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:1-5, 14). Through the Incarnation God was to see as man sees, his days were like those of a mortal. He experienced first-hand the frailty, joys and tribulations common to humanity as he walked this earth. 

The writer of the book of Hebrews comments on both the Incarnation and its significance: “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death…For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:14-15,17-18) As the scripture states, Jesus “had to be made like them, fully human in every way”. He shared in our humanity and took on the very nature of Adam in order to reconcile to God, and redeem, all those that have such a nature, that is all humanity, yet Jesus remained without sin. 

As a result of the Incarnation, “… we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16) 

The birth of Jesus was a significant part of a much bigger picture which includes his pre-existence, conception, birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. However, his birth is a reminder that he is fully God and fully man, and as such he is able to sympathise with our weaknesses and give us the help we need. Through him we receive grace, mercy and eternal life. 

Prayer
Father, we thank you for your love in sending your Son into the world and for His love, in that He willingly came to experience both human life and death, that through the Incarnation we can have salvation.
Amen
 

Study by Eddie Marsh

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eddiemarshAbout the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends the Sheffield congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, Grace Communion, Sheffield.

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