Reflection: Jesus as our example
We often use Jesus as our example to pave the way for our thoughts and actions. We look to Him as our High Priest for grace and mercy in times of needs. (Hebrews 4:15-16) But how often do we find ourselves saying this, “But Jesus is God, Almighty. He has all the power available to Him.” And therefore, we think it is difficult to use Jesus as a benchmark for everything that we measure ourselves against, as He is God and also a perfect man. At least, for myself, I often say that.
However, there is one fact, that we tend to forget. Although Jesus was God, Jesus Christ was also man. The title “Son of God” points and directs us to Jesus’ deity yet there is another title “Son of Man” which points and remind us of Jesus’ human status.
The Bible tells us this, “Have this attitude in yourself, which was also in Christ Jesus. who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found the appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
Just as Jesus was fully man, having basic needs such hunger and rest (Jesus was hungry after fasting 40 days in wilderness), He drew His strength from God the Father. Therefore, it is possible tor us to follow the footsteps of Jesus, as we remember His human suffering while He was on earth! Jesus came to earth to show us God but lived as man as we are (but without sin). As Jesus drew His strength from the Father, so we draw our strength from Jesus who is the one who redeems us from sin and the one who draws us back to reconciliation to the Father! Because Jesus overcame, we can overcome!
God bless you!
Serving with you in His kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King