Mid Week Meditation pt. 33Submitted on: November 27, 2017
Based on Bible text: Hebrews 7:26
“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”
In this season of Advent, let me entertain your sense of awe and wonder about Christ. Christ was willing to become us. The writer in the book of Hebrews says, “For such an high priest became us.” In other words He exchanged His comfortable place in the celestial universe. He exchanged His faultless body for a corrupt vessel subject to sin! God wrapped Himself in humanity, and all the while remained perfect. The God we serve sent His only Begotten Son, to live in human skin, just like us.
I am in awe as I imagine how miraculously comforting it is to know that Jesus walked in this same skin we walk in. The miracle is that He was willing to do it! Jesus was willing to come to us as a living example of someone living a sinless life in a human body.
In our text we find the writer recalls the prophecy in Psalm 8:5 about this miracle moment. There we find he says to God, “Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour” The miracle within this miracle is that not only did Jesus become us, but He was willing to become us. Jesus was willing to give up His Divine position in heaven as one of the Trinity, to shed His deity to save us.
Jesus knew that He would be ridiculed and rejected. He was well aware that He would be whipped and beaten. Jesus knew that He would suffer the pain of Calvary. But He was willing.
In this Advent season, everyone appears to be preparing for the birth of our Savior, who one day left heaven to take up residence in a manger. The truth is however, not everyone is preparing for the same reason. Some are preparing for the money we will spend. Everywhere we go, on every street corner Christmas is in the air.
The stores love Christmas, but have you ever wondered why Christmas seems more popular than Easter among Christians? I contend it is because we love the thought of Jesus coming as a little baby in a manger. We don’t really want to think about our Savior being beaten and crucified. It would be easier for some of us if Jesus had done it Judas’s way, and slain all the Romans with a sword.
Yes, it is the Christmas season, but Easter was the pivotal moment in our relationship with our Father. We were lost, and suddenly we are saved. Every day should be an Easter celebration. Every day we should celebrate the miracle of Jesus, who became us so that He could save us.
Jesus became flesh. That means he had to restrain the lust of human eyes, the profanity of the human mouth, the dishonesty of the human mind and the frustration of human consciousness. That should definitely fill us with a sense of awe and wonder. Awe because we certainly have not been able to restrain ourselves from most, if any of that, and wonder because we really can’t figure out how He did it! We shouldn’t fret because not even the greatest theologians can figure it out either. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus was sinless in a sinful body.
Jesus had to be sinless to prove He was divine. If God is perfect and never sins, then Jesus had to be perfect or He could not be God. When Jesus overcame temptation and proved Himself blameless, He provided ample proof that He was and is the Messiah, the Son of God.
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