I often look at Scripture in amazment when It reminds me of all that Jesus did for us.
I won't pretend to understand it all, or to be able to explain everything Jesus went through here on earth.
However, I do know that Christ's being human, taking on flesh, was a decision made on purpose.
Hebrews 2:14a "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same…"
Hebrews 2:16 "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham."
Now, as to the "why?" of that decision, I can read the facts, but it's hard for me to fathom it.
Hebrews 2:17-18 "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."
Did you catch that?
Jesus took on the form of a man for these reasons:
- to be make like His brethren
- that He might be a merciful and faith high priest
- to make reconciliation for the sins of the people
- to suffer being tempted
- to succor them that are tempted (tempt = to try; to prove; to put to trial for proof.)
Jesus allowed Himself to take on flesh, just like ours, so that He would know how it felt to go through trials here on earth, and so that He would be able to "succor" us.
That means He wanted to be able "literally, to run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering."
I can only barely begin to understand the depths of Jesus' love and compassion for me, not just for my soul, to bring it to salvation; but also for my life here, for my heart:
- to bring me support;
- to help me;
- to relieve me with I'm in difficulty, want or distress;
- to deliver me from suffering.
What an incredible love! I stand in awe and amazement.
Let your mind and heart dwell on His love for you as you go through your day today.
I believe you will find peace as you understand the incredible scope of His thoughts and love for you.