Monday, February 22nd
The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding. —Martin Luther
This passage from Hebrews talks about this very thing where Jesus sank Himself into our flesh and became fully human. He was both fully human and fully God. He shared in flesh and blood. He was made of the same stuff as us. He became one of us. We are united to Him and to each other. We are all one family.
C.S. Lewis wrote this about the incarnation of Christ:
“Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and music, and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poor substitute of looking into the beloved’s face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speak? Christ by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father.”
This illustration by C.S. Lewis is just to help us try to understand what Jesus did by coming to be fully human. He became one of us. Jesus suffered and was tested as a human. He understands that we are not perfect, yet he still loves us. He is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters. We are tested daily and fail over and over. Jesus still loves us. He does not expect us to be perfect.
Jesus became human to destroy death. Basically, he traded his life for ours. His resurrection was the defeat of death. He paid for our sins so that we can be free from those sins and reunited with God. Jesus gave us the gift of life, set us free, and gives us hope for the future. The refrain of the song ‘Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone’ tells us of this greatest gift:
“My chains are gone./ I’ve been set free./ My God, my Savior has ransomed me./ And like a flood, His mercy rains./Unending love./Amazing grace.”