"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
When I write about Him, I always use the uppercase. Immanuel, the God-Man, came to our world as one of us but we must acknowledge and remember that He was very different from us.
There has been a grave misunderstanding in thinking that Jesus was altogether like us. Yes, He ate food, walked in the dirt and needed to sleep. But, He came to reveal and reconcile, not to merely relate to and reason with us. He's our Friend but not our buddy. He is God. He is our God!
Many will focus on His humanity rather than honor His deity. This way of thinking results in a lower estimation of God.
"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." ~ A. W. Tozer
We're tempted to consider that Jesus is heaven's consent of our fallen condition. Is it possible that this lower view of God is the root of a thousand other problems? Never confuse God's patience as approval.
"All this you have done and I kept silent, so you thought that I was just like you, sanctioning evil. But now I will bring you to my courtroom and spell out clearly my charges before you." (Psalm 50:21, TPT)
This immeasurable Gift from God was born of a virgin. He lived thirty-three years, tempted at every point as we are, yet, He never sinned. He heard His Father's voice with perfect clarity and obeyed in every instance; even to the point of death on the cross.
He's one of us, but He's not like us.
He's the King. He's the Creator of everything. He is the Word Incarnate. He is God.
Jesus came to where we were, not to leave us as He found us, but to restore us to where God wants us to be. Free and fruitful.
- Free from sin and death and all of the powers of darkness.
- Free from shame, guilt, and condemnation.
- Free from fear and oppression.
- Free to worship Him and serve Him with all of our hearts!
God did not send to us a religion or list of does and don'ts. He didn't send us a pal to comfort us in our sin and pain.
The Gift that He's given us is His Son to be exalted, worshiped, honored and obeyed. He has given us the Savior, who is Christ the Lord of All!
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