I worked on a lesson plan this week for a discussion on the humanity of Jesus. I’m using a book called “Affirming Faith,” which is published by the United Church of Christ. As part of the lesson, I made signs that said:
Jesus Slept (Mark 4:35-38)
Jesus Celebrated (John 2:1-2)
Jesus Was Physically Hurt (Luke 22:63-23:46)
Jesus Got Hungry (Matthew 21:18)
Jesus Wept For A Friend (John 11:28-36)
Jesus Spent Time With His Friends (Mark 6:30-32)
Jesus Upset His Parents (Luke 2:41-51)
Jesus Got Mad (John 2:13-16)
Jesus Felt Sorry For Someone Else (Matthew 15:32)
In the past week, I have slept, celebrated, been physically hurt, been hungry, wept for a friend, spent time with friends, been angry and felt sorry for someone else. I’m not sure if I disappointed either parent in the past week. It’s possible.Either way, I can relate to that, too.
I take great comfort in the humanity of Jesus. It’s good to know that the Creator of everything spent time in a frail human body.It’s good news to me that Jesus didn’t just float around and wave a magic wand while he was on the earth–Jesus got his hands dirty, Jesus dealt with pain, Jesus knew disappointment and Jesus had to deal with all of the wonderful and less than wonderful things that go along with spending time on this earth.
Fully God and fully human. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around that, but I find so much hope there.