Advent at the Chapel: Jesus is Human

Jesus is Human.

by Ruth Siebring

“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find find our rest in Thee.”

I don’t know about you, but I take great comfort in knowing that Jesus walked this earth. 

Jesus came in the lowliest of ways, born to poor parents, born in borrowed, lowly accommodations, and was, no doubt, the subject of much gossip back home in Nazareth. 

He experienced all the normal childhood maladies. He stepped on thorns, bled when he fell down, he caught cold, became tired, and felt the normal range of human emotions: joy and sorrow, friendship and loneliness, frustration and satisfaction. 

And He knows us. He knows that we are dust. He made us, knows our innate weaknesses, our strengths, our struggles, our triumphs, our failures, our passions. He knows when we’ve reached the end of our rope. And because He loves us, He knows just how to best encourage us to hang on.

He knows that our hearts struggle to find rest. He knows what temptation is all about. And He knows how to overcome it. We can rest in Him in our trials, for He is sympathetic to them. And when we fail, we can rest in His forgiving love. He isn’t stingy, he loves and forgives in abundance, poured out, overflowing. 

Come, Lord Jesus; may we truly find our rest in Thee.

 

For Advent devotions this year, we are using Pastor Tim Keller’s themes in his new book  Hidden Christmas

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