Wednesday, 20 April 2011 14:07
John the Baptist was the key person to testify that the “Word” was the light of the world, and in so doing, he prepared the hearts of the people to accept Jesus as unique. The primary purpose of John’s ministry was to point people to the Savior. The Savior is the light. John was simply a witness to the light (John 1:8).
The Bible’s diagnosis of the human condition is that we are all sinful and separated from God. As the apostle Paul said, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). Yet God longs to live in loving relationship with us.
How, then, can sinful humanity and a holy God be reconciled? God’s answer is Jesus Christ – the one who came as God in human form. In His full humanness, Jesus faced and triumphed over temptation, never giving in to it. Because of this He was eligible to give His life for the sinful. His pure sacrifice satisfied God’s requirements for dealing justly with sin.
And since Jesus is also fully God, when He had successfully met every obstacle to his mission, He exercised His authority over sin and death, setting believers free from the ultimate destruction of these powers.
In our human experience we cannot relate Jesus’ complete sinlessness. But we can relate to the weakness, vulnerability, temptation, pain, loneliness and loss he suffered while He walked in our shoes.
The author of the book of Hebrews remind us that Jesus is not”unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,” (Hebrew 4:15). What comfort to know that Jesus understands what we’re going through as we struggle!
In light of these truths about Jesus, Hebrew 4:16 encourages us to “ approach (God’s) throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Jesus' humanity makes Him able to sympathize with our weakness. His deity makes Him powerful enough to provide all we need for a life of faith. As believers we are invited to approach Him confidently and receive both His compassion and His power.
Jesus is the one-of-a-kind Savior who makes our relationship with God not only a possibility through His power, but also a meaningful and relevant reality through His compassion.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
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