The Life-Light was the real thing:
Every person entering Life
he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
the world was there through him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
- John 1:9-14 (The Message)
“It all happened in a moment, a most remarkable moment that was like none other. For through that segment of time a spectacular thing occurred. God became a man. While the creatures of earth walked unaware, Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb.
”God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created.
“God was given eyebrows, two kidneys, and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of his mother.
“God had come near. No silk. No ivory. No hype. To think of Jesus in such a light is – well, it seems almost irreverent, doesn’t it. It is much easier to keep the humanity out of the incarnation.
“But don’t do it. For heaven’s sake, don’t. Let him be as human as he intended to be. Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out.”
- Max Lucado, God Came Near
God became flesh and dwelt among us. Wow! Why would He sink THAT low? Because He loves us.
Yes, what the pastors say a lot is true. Jesus was, and is, 100% God and 100% man, not 50:50. He even had a spleen. Did Jesus ever have milk come out his nose when a friend told a funny joke at just the wrong time? Think about it! Did He ever get toenail fungus? Maybe not, but use your imagination about that. What odd thing did Jesus experience while growing up that is just like our experience? The cells in Jesus’ body divided just like they do in ours.
Max Lucado’s description does seem a little flippant, not very religious or reverent, but why does it make us cringe? Is it because God knows what it is like to be, not just a human, but to be … ME? Yet, Jesus is perfect; I am not.
But that time that I was tempted to do that thing… Jesus has been there. He withstood that temptation, and He can teach us not only how to resist it, but He can give us the strength to do so.
Jesus has been there.
Jesus knows what it is like to laugh, to cry, to stub his toe, maybe even to trip over his father’s tools in the workshop. And Jesus did not sin, but He knows the pain that sin causes. He suffered through that pain when He was nailed to the cross.
Yes, Jesus has been there.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.