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|Author: Tim Walker|
“The greatness of God was not cast off, but slightness of human nature was put on. “In order that the body of Christ might be shown to be a real body, He was born of a woman; but in order that His Godhead might be made clear He was born of a virgin.” —St. Thomas Aquinas
[LINK] Jesus was both God and man. Yeah, it’s not easy to wrap your brain around that truth. And honestly, if you start trying to understand
it, you’ll get even more confused. So let’s just establish that as an undeniable truth (and mystery) and move on from there.
[THINK] When Jesus became human, He gave us a new understanding of God.
But here’s something that didn’t happen—this wasn’t one of those reality show moments when people trade lives and gain a better understanding of what people really go through. Jesus didn’t learn anything new or gain insight into what our lives are really like—after all, He already knew all of that in detail (read Psalm 139).
[LIVE] Yes, you might be thinking, He was man, but He also was still the Son of God. So as bad as life got, it couldn’t have been too much to deal with, right?
Wrong. The Bible says Jesus was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Isaiah 53:3). Aside (and this is a big aside) from His excruciatingly painful death, Jesus dealt with betrayal (John 18:2-5); fame (John 6:14-15); and demanding people (John 6:26-27). And those are just a few examples of what Jesus’ life looked like.
[NXT LVL] As you read through the Bible, write down some experiences Jesus had and how He dealt with each situation. Then think through how you would normally handle the same situation.
Reprinted with permission from YouthWalk magazine, © 2005 Walk Thru the Bible, Inc. To learn more about YouthWalk, visit www.youthwalk.org
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