The thing is that when people make those statements they are often just trying to connect or reach in to our world. I need to give them the benefit of the doubt but it still doesn’t really deliver any comfort to me if I am honest. What would really help is someone that has journeyed through this and lived to tell about it. I need the insight and perspective that comes through true experience.
For instance, this past Sunday Randy and Ree Erickson (nephew of Harvey and Sandra Erickson) spoke in our worship service about ministering to families that are going through caring for a sick child in need of an organ transplant. They want to provide a home away from home called “Cy’s Place” for them to stay while their children are at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Ericksons have a unique perspective and experience because their own son, Cy, went through treatment in Rochester and ultimately died at three years of age. Randy and Ree know how difficult this process can be.
As each and every one of us go through our days we face complexities, difficulties and temptations. There can be times when we feel all alone and think that no one can really relate to my particular situation. It is in these moments that we need to remember Jesus truly became one of us. He didn’t just look like one of us. He was fully human! So often I have missed out on that truth because I try to wrap my little mind around the fact that Jesus was 100% man while at the same time being 100% God. Jesus chose to subject himself to being a human so that He could be our Savior and relate perfectly with our broken world.
This Sunday’s message will address Jesus’ humanity. We will come to grips with the fact that Jesus “set aside” His divinity so that He lived the perfect life as one of us. He asked questions that showed his willingness to be limited in His “Godness” as He Lived his life leading ultimately to His death and resurrection. He asked questions to gather information just like us.
- “How many loaves do you have?” Mark 8.5
- “How long has this been happening to him?” Mark 9.21
- “Who was it that touched me?” Luke 8.45
Jesus didn’t ask questions like these just for conversational purposes. He was actually needing to gather information just like anyone else. He also stood against temptation like anyone else. Jesus cried and felt pain just like us as well. He knows your…
- Hebrews 2 14 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— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 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. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.