April 9, 2020
This Holy Week leading up to Easter more than any other time reveals the human nature of our Lord Jesus. We believe that Jesus was both true God and true man. We can't fully explain this duel nature, but it has been an essential Christian truth since the days of the Apostles. "Well", many think, "Jesus was God so He didn't really suffer as we do, or that He used special Godly strength to do miracles and show a wonderful degree of knowledge and wisdom." Not so! This was a heresy that the church had to reject in its very early years. St. Paul makes clear in his letter to the Philippian Church that Jesus, while fully God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, for our sake refused to use the Godhead "to His own advantage..rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness".(2:6-7 NIV) Jesus fully identified with us and all we face. He experienced trials, temptations, joys, sorrows, love, pain, grief, and more. His twelve Apostles were His closest friends on earth, yet one of them betrayed Him. Another denied that he even knew Him. On the last night before His death He said "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;..."(Luke 22:15) He wanted their human companionship, prayers, and support as He felt the incredible burden of the world's sins, our's included, being laid upon Him. Almighty God became fully human for you, for me. He knows who you are; where you are; and all you face in life. And He loves you deeply. He died so that you and I might live. No one knows what the next hours or days will bring, but we can trust ourselves to the care of the One who willingly gave Himself for us.