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Daily Bread

The humanity of Jesus

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We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses. – Hebrews 4:15

I once overheard this comment about a person who was always critical: "The trouble with him is that he’s forgotten what it’s like to be human!" How easily we forget our past struggles and become unsympathetic toward those who are struggling today. But there’s one who hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be human – Jesus.

In Hebrews 2:9-18, we "see" Jesus’ humanity more fully. As a man, He was able by God’s grace to experience death in our place. And during His earthly life Jesus was made perfect through His sufferings (v.10). But there’s more. "Both [Jesus] who sanctifies and [we] who are being sanctified are all of one." Because of this oneness, Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters (v.11).

In a body like ours, Jesus lived, worked, and overcame every obstacle, so He knows what it’s like to be one of us. Having passed through all these experiences without sinning, He then went to heaven and is now our approachable High Priest at the throne of grace (vv.17-18; 4:14-16).

We all need someone who knows what it’s like to be human yet has limitless power to help us overcome our human weaknesses. Jesus is that one. He longs to hear us speak His name and ask for His help. – Joanie Yoder

God lived as a man, as one of us,

And understands our need for grace;

He is not distant nor detached

From all the trials that we face. – Sper


READ: Hebrews 2:9-18


No one understands like Jesus.

FORGOTTEN

GRACE

HEBREWS

HIGH PRIEST

HUMAN

IN HEBREWS

JESUS

JOANIE YODER

ONE

SPER

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