How often do we think about the way in which God chose to come to us: as fully, totally, utterly, and beautifully human? Greg discusses how it is Jesus’ raw humanness that should compel us to fall on our knees and commit our life to him; for in Jesus’ humanity we see just how low God was willing to stoop, how far He was willing to reach, and how much He was willing to suffer, in order to save me…us. Greg invites you to explore with him the humanity of Jesus in this multi-part series.
Fully Human 4: Jesus was Tempted
Many Christians misunderstand temptation, believing it to be inherently sinful, and insist that if we were more holy (like Jesus) we would not feel so tempted. They view Jesus as so perfect, holy, and divine that it was literally impossible for him to sin, and therefore impossible for him to have been tempted. But as we will see, this contradicts scripture and distorts the biblical view of Jesus.
Our Good Shepherd: Trusting Jesus with our Lives
Jesus called himself the “good shepherd”. For us to be in the safety of Christ’s sheepfold, we have to cultivate an intimate relationship with him and obey him, as a sheep does the shepherd. We must know his voice and follow him wholeheartedly with our lives. Isn’t it comforting to know that Christ leads us as a shepherd leads his sheep?
Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray
Prayer is an extremely important component of our Christian life but many of us struggle with prayer. Even Jesus disciples weren’t sure how to pray, asking him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus replied by teaching the disciples what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” Let's look at the components of this powerful prayer.
Don’t be a Llama
Llamas treat their "loved ones" with kicks and spits. Have you ever caught yourself treating your loved one poorly? This is likely to happen when we are tired, upset or when we take them for granted. Jesus called us to love one another. But, are we loving each other like llamas? Ines reflects on the day she acted like a llama.
Fully Human 6: Weeping, Part 2
If God most fully reveals Himself to humanity through the person of Jesus Christ, as we have seen throughout this ‘Fully Human’ blog-series, then the tears of Jesus reveal the heart of God breaking as He watches those He loves reject Him. What then might Jesus’ tears tell us about God as he weeps over Jerusalem?