Probably the one thing that has impressed me most this Christmas season is the humanity of Jesus. Jesus left the glories of Heaven and was born as a human baby and laid in a humble manger. But this was just the beginning.
Jesus grew into a man. He experienced temptation from the Devil in Luke chapter 4. Hebrews tells us that He was tempted in all points like as we are yet without sin. Jesus had human emotion. He had compassion on the multitudes at different points during His ministry, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. When He finally came to Bethany in John 11, Mary fell at His feet in grief because of the death of her brother Lazarus. The Bible says that Jesus wept. He wept over the city of Jerusalem which had rejected Him as the Messiah. He prayed and cried strong tears in the Garden of Gethsamene prior to His death. Jesus also understood what physical pain and suffering were through His arrest and crucifixion.
Because of Christ's humanity, we can be sure that whatever we are experiencing in our life, Jesus understands. He has been there. He lived a human existence. The Bible teaches us that Jesus is a Person Who can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, and that we ought to come boldly to God in prayer, asking for His help when we need it. This year, may we remember the kind of God we worship. A God Who, yes is holy. But a God Who reached down to the human race in love. A God Who knows what our lives are like, Who understands our failures and frailties. May we come to Jesus for help in our time of need, and share the Good News of Christmas with others so that they can come to know Him too.
Pastor Ben Newman