Thursday, March 4, 2010

Devotional -Snapshot 28 - Jesus

"We are not his equals. We don't occupy the same stratum or possess the same status. He is God, and we're not. For many people, that's the crux of their predicament: if Jesus is God incarnate, than he could demand too much. And in fact, he does demand everything."
The Case For the Real Jesus--- Lee Strobel

"But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."
Luke 2:50, 52

Joseph and Mary did not understand what their twelve year old son was saying to them.

I do wonder what God was like as a child. Did He wander off and pray and meditate when Joseph thought He should have been working? Did He laugh easily? I don't remember reading that Jesus as a man laughed. I read that He wept. Did Jesus enjoy being a child? Did He have an adult mind in a child's body? How could Jesus ever grow in wisdom, He is wisdom?

Did the parents ever sit quietly at night and ask their Son about heaven? Would He remember? They could have asked what God was like. They could have asked about angels and demons. Would I have picked my Son's brain about the next life? Could Jesus describe heaven to me as a child?

It is a great and marvelous wonder to me that God came as a baby. As Mary I do not understand. It is a mystery. Fully God and fully man. Both human and divine. Such is the Christmas story.

Do you understand the humanity and deity of Christ? John 1:1-4, 14 The Word was God and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He got hungry, needed sleep, felt pain and yet in John 8:58, He called Himself the "I AM" from Exodus 3:14. In the Trinity He is God, in the Incarnation He is man.

"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:14,15

Let us thank God for this mystery and ask Him to continue to deepen our understanding.

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