Hebrews 2:14-18 MSG
“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.”
“It’s obvious, of course that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.”
This passage brings much clarity to the whole point of the life and death of Jesus.
He lived on earth as a human so that He could feel the same things we do.
- He experienced hurt and rejection from those he “thought” were his friends
- Rejoiced with others because of good things that happened
- Cried with them when bad things happened
- Had wonderful fellowship with true friends, and they laughed together
- Got angry over injustice but did it without sinning
- Felt strongly enough about truth that he was willing to stand for it even though it would make him unpopular
- Truly understood what others were going through and didn’t judge them because they didn’t live up to His standards – He simply met them where they were and started to change them from that point
- Lastly, He saw the good and potential change for the better in people that others had given up on
But…he experienced all these emotions without them causing him to sin.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and lived from 1809 – 1865. He must have experienced a deep mixture of anger, frustration, disappointment, and even hatred over the slave situation which divided America. He must have felt these emotions to such a degree that he either had to do something about them, or he had to deliberately choose to ignore them and do nothing.
The do-nothing road might have seemed easier at the time, but in the long run Lincoln would have known that he missed his chance for God to use him to accomplish something that only he could do.
By being President he was in a position to do something that would ultimately make things better for the future of America, even though it might make the present situation worse. He would have to totally trust in God to give him the leadership abilities and wisdom to know what and how to do things. I’m sure he felt that this was the hardest thing he had ever done. A great leader sometimes has to do hard things.
Martin Luther was a German friar who lived from 1483 – 1546. He proved to the world around him that they no longer had to go through a priest to talk to God. They had an open line of communication to Him on their own because of what Jesus had done on the cross. The people knew this in the earliest days of the church, but this concept had been lost for hundreds of years before Martin Luther was born.
Even though people could have a direct and personal relationship with God, they didn’t know the truth and continued to go through priests.
I’m sure that Martin Luther went through some sleepless nights before he posted his 95 Theses on the door of the catholic church in Wittenberg Germany on October 31, 1517.God never said it would be easy to accomplish what He desires, but what an honor it is for each of us to be chosen by the God of the Universe to accomplish something that only we have the unique capabilities to do.
Will you surrender your life to God and let Him accomplish the task that He has chosen specially for you?
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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