Jesus and change

By Larry Platner

Day 3

'Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.' NLT


Consider the changes that Jesus experienced in his incarnation. He left the presence of his Father, gave up divine privileges, took on the form of a human, submitted himself to living among a sinful people, enduring rejection, injustice, mockery and betrayal. There is no loss that we experience that Jesus hasn’t himself gone through.  

When we lament over our losses, Jesus isn’t surprised by our grief nor belittle us for what we often think is a lack of faith. Rather He compassionately draws nearer to us. He has been there and knows what we feel. In the garden of Gethsemane he lamented before God.

Do you think Jesus draws back or is disappointed with you when you lament? Or does He draw closer to comfort and grieve with you?

'So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.' NLT