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Becoming Like Us That We Might Be Like Him

Christmas is the time for remembering Immanuel, God with us. 8 lb 6 oz baby Jesus. God coming to earth as a man. I guess. But, let’s be honest people, we should probably be daily considering and living in light of God’s intimate knowledge of the human plight and His willingness to live among us in spite of us. It’s a pretty essential concept in the Christian faith. Everyday should be one in which we recognize that God has come to earth as a man and lived out a human life, dealt with human problems, felt human emotions, battled human temptations, and taught us, by words and actions, what it means to be human.

It’s a little past Christmas, but let’s still take some time to consider the hope that is only through Jesus Messiah. Nothing else like it has ever happened. Religions like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Bahai… no religion as far as I know… haven’t even made up events as wonderful, powerful, humble, beautiful, and hopeful, as what God actually did in history. The Infinite God experienced what we experienced.

Your pain? Jesus knows it. Jesus felt it. He understands your wounds. He knows what it feels like to be completely alone and abandoned by friends. He knows the emotional stab in the back by the people closest to you. He’s been there. Your temptations? Jesus has been in situations in which it is most hard to resist sin. He’s been down and out and tempted as much as a human could be tempted, resisting even to the point of shedding blood. He knows the struggle against sin. Your fears? Jesus was so anxious and afraid that he sweat blood. He begged God for a different way because he did not want to face the next 24 hours of his life. The shame of your sin? Immanuel, God with us, felt that shame, taking on the shame, guilt, weight, burden, and pain of sin. He knows just what it is like to be completely separated from God and broken in the mess of sin. The Messiah, sent to bring us out of the mess that is humanity, is intimately acquainted with the difficulty of the human experience.

This acquaintance is our great hope. Because Jesus lived righteous and perfect through all of the difficult experiences of humanity, we have hope to live the fullest life possible throughout our most difficult human experiences. The sin that once plagued us by its guilt, pain, shame, and wounds has been put to death while Jesus bore it, and so it is dead and its power over us is nullified. But now, by the resurrection of Jesus, his spirit now lives in us. The same spirit that lived righteous through all temptation, through all pain, that one lives in us. His righteousness is ours. The same spirit that lived the fullest human life possible is in us. That life is ours. The healing is ours. The power is ours. The spirit of the man who experienced our plight and overcame it now lives in us. And this same God, by His grace actions, gives us all good things and out of undeserved love wants to give us all good things.

God came to us, became one of us, and was victorious over all that keeps us from being the most us. There is no one like YHWH. He understands us. Really understands. Not like the people around you who don’t know what you know, haven’t been through what you’ve been through, and haven’t done what you’ve done. Wherever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, whatever you’ve experienced, God has experienced. Because he came, he knows you and understands you. And He’ll come to where you’re at and bring you into life fuller than you can imagine, with you better than you can imagine.

Merry Christmas.

Coming Up Next… Rethinking “Religion”

Question for you couple of readers… should I include more overt scripture passages and interpretations of that Scripture, or is the referencing with words and interpreting without mentioning, quoting, or citing specific questions preferable? I often deliberately try to keep quotes out so that, on the off chance someone without much bible experience or respect visits it, it’s more accessible.

Categories: Miscellaneous
  1. tgt
    December 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    put in the scripture verses. i would like to see them. also, when you have the time, i’d like my book list. facebook me.

  2. KTK
    January 8, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    change it up… sometimes i think the scripture verses would help and others they dont seem necessary. that probably isnt helpful feedback, but i wouldnt stop reading because you explained more than you had to. 🙂

  3. Jen
    January 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Hey, I really like what you say. i like the scripture because it often triggers a hunger for more when i get a nibble of the pure stuff. i like to see the truth of what inspired your words,too. so more for me please.

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