Reflection: Every day with Jesus
When I was studying theology, one of my essays was about the significance of Jesus being both fully human and fully God. This issue has sparked debate in the early church and through the ages; and I think we can tend to vacillate between the two.
Jesus is the sovereign Lord over all things in heaven and earth (Colossians 1:15–20). Yet he is also our brother who can identify with all we go through, because he came to earth as a fragile human being (Hebrews 4:15).
These verses from Luke may be skipped over because of our familiarity with them, but they paint a very earthy and real picture. Here is Mary, who was still a teenager when she encountered an angel and gave birth to Jesus. Now as a young woman she is seeing the fulfilment of what she prophesied (Luke 1:46–55).
Jesus is her boy, and he is growing into a man. This verse covers approximately 18 years of Jesus’ life in which he lived and worked in Nazareth, learning his father’s trade. Yet, the rest of Luke shows us that these were not idle or wasted years. He was watching and learning and forming relationships and growing.
We also know that he was able to please God and those around him, such that he was favoured, and admired.
Question: How easy is it to think of Jesus being human like us? Are you confident that you can live in a way that pleases both God and people?
Prayer: Thank you, God, for sending us your dear son Jesus to live and work like us. Thank you that we do not have a Saviour who is removed from us, but one who knows what it is like to be human. Show us how to live in a way that wins favour with you and others around us. Amen.