“Jesus. What comes to mind when you hear that name?”
Hearing this question recently caught me off-guard.
What do I think of when I hear that name?
The lyrics to a popular Christian song flood my mind. “Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness – My God, that is who you are.”
His majesty, divinity, authority … those are the attributes I find myself studying.
Yet in an upcoming UpWords series, Max Lucado challenges his listeners to not lose sight of Christ’s humanity as we often focus on his divinity.
We are reminded of the humanity and humility of Jesus in the gospel’s account of His birth. As Max says,
“Majesty, in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the word on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager, in the presence of a carpenter … God with us.”
Why would Jesus choose such humility?
What are the promises of the incarnation?
The answer – Jesus understands us. As Hebrews 4:15 says,
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
After listening to this message, I found a new sense of awe and security in the incarnation.
Thank you for pointing your listeners to the truths of Jesus with daily encouragement, such as this, from UpWords. I’m excited for them to hear this month’s series on Jesus!
P.S. Starting today, you and your listeners can sign up for this six-week Jesus Online Bible Study with Max Lucado that companions this month’s UpWords series. It’s a great way to prepare the whole family to celebrate Easter!
Here is a sneak peek quote from the study:
“He [JESUS] was so human he could touch his people, so mighty he could heal them. So human he spoke with an accent, so heavenly he spoke with authority … All man all God. And if you ever wonder if the uncreated Creator can understand the challenges you face, then ponder long and hard the promise of the incarnation. The one who hears your prayers understands your pain.”