Thursday, February 9, 2012

How Can We Be Sure Jesus Understands?

"Jesus knows!" "Jesus cares!" Have you ever had that said to you? I have heard it countless times. In fact, I have said it countless times because it is true. Jesus set aside his divinity to walk in flesh in the same way we have to exist in flesh. As a baby he messed his diaper. As a child he skinned his knee. As an adult he felt hunger, he experienced sorrow, he was bullied, abandoned, cast out, considered a freak, a fake, a trickster and he was "stabbed" in the back. Most importantly, Jesus had to face every temptation that we face in our flesh because he was fully man. He did not walk this earth in his divinity:

Who, being in very nature God, 
   did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 
but made himself nothing, 
   taking the very nature of a servant, 
   being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:6-7)

The life Jesus lived he lived in the Spirit. The miracles he did he did in the Spirit. The Words that he spoke he spoke in the Spirit. The knowledge that he had came by the Spirit. This is why at his water baptism with John, the Father baptized him with the Holy Spirit. From then on everything he did was by the Spirit. Check it out for yourself, read the first few chapters of Matthew. This is the same Spirit we have been baptized with so that we can live this same life for God's glory.

This is important to note because Jesus lived a perfect life in this flesh we live in while facing everything we face. The difference was he did not have a sin nature like the rest of us have and from which we have been freed. The reason this is important is so that we know that Jesus does understand because he has been where we are. He knows all too well the war we are involved with here and this is why he is the perfect mediator between us and the Father:

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.  (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

He is the perfect mediator, which means that he is explaining to the Father what we need and why we need it. This is the reason he told us that whatever we ask the Father for in his name will be given to us. Of course that is setting aside our selfishness and greed, assuming that we are in a right relationship with Jesus. If this is true of us we know that suddenly our need looks a lot different. But the thing is Jesus knows and he cares. He's been right where we are and he has promised to see us through until the end. He knows what it takes to go all the way. His grace is more than sufficient and his strength is in wonderful supply.

Don't hesitate to take everything to Jesus in prayer. Don't think twice about calling out to him in your need. He is just waiting for you to let him in so he can deliver exactly what you need. Trust him, believe him, seek him and he will pour it on. He loves you like no other person could and he can take care of you like no other person would. Go to him now and rest on his promises.

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