Reflection: (See Hebrews 2:5-16 for further reading)
One of the central truths of the Christian faith is the Incarnation. The Lord Jesus Christ is both fully divine and fully human. Because Jesus is the model for true humanity, he models for us how we should combine both power and weakness. In the Incarnation the Son of God makes himself vulnerable, even weak, yet this does not threaten his power – it unleashes it.
The Gospel of Mark is the premier text for us to see this. The Gospel of Mark is broken into two halves – 16 chapters altogether – and the first 8 are all about Jesus’ miracle-working power. But in the second half of Mark, chapters 9-16, the miracles reduce, and the suffering and death of the Messiah become the focus. The first half is about mighty miracles. The second half is about vulnerable suffering.
And you could, if you really wanted to twist things, think that Jesus is no longer powerful in the second half. But in point of fact it is the cross and the resurrection that are the greatest act of power this world has ever seen. It is power expressed through sacrificial weakness.
The one who brings the kingdom is the Suffering Servant. Power and weakness combine in the work of Jesus Christ.
Question: When you consider Jesus, do you only think of him as powerful? How might it change your life to see that Jesus is the perfect example of how to be vulnerable and weak?
Prayer: Gracious God, I thank you that your precious Son shares fully in our humanity. He knows what it is like to be tired. He knows what it is like to be lonely. He knows what it is like to suffer. Yet none of this diminishes his power and majesty. I worship you because you have saved us by sending a perfect substitute. I delight in you because your Son exemplifies how we can hold power and weakness together. Amen.