Sunday, December 11, 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent: Jesus is the Son of Man

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"No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man" John 3:14

"For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost."  
Mark 19:10
Jesus was fully Man yet He was also fully God (I'll write about that tomorrow!).  It's crazy to wrap our minds around but there is an importance for both aspects of His duel identity.  Jesus was born of Mary, therefore He was human (despite His Father is God). He came into the world just live every one of us.  He was in the line of David, meaning He has human ancestors.  He had a job and career that I touched on yesterday.  He was human. 

Why is it important that Jesus was Man?  Well He needed to fulfill all the Old Testament Prophecies but also our sins required a human death for the penalty of sins.  God had temporarily accepted animal sacrifices to cleanse from sin but that wasn't sufficient enough to cover the mass amount of sin that we commit as humans (some days I feel like the majority are mine).   His Perfect Life offered as a sacrifice satiated God's wrath for all time!!! He lived the perfect life that we cannot which brings me to my third point.

Jesus is our example.  Hebrews 4:14 tells us that we don't have a high priest who can't empathize but He was tempted just like us (paraphrase mine).  We can look to Scripture and study Jesus' response to varies issues and use it for our own lives.  It is often hard work to response and act like Jesus but guess what?! helps us to relinquish the hold sin has on our lives.  That is a wonderful reason.  

Do you believe that Jesus was fully human?  How can you praise Him for giving us an example to live by?  Where in your life do you need to act a little more like Jesus?  (don't worry my list is long!!!).  He is seeking you and waiting with arms wide open if you need to run to Him!!

With His Love,

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