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For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV)
Some spiritual truths have to sink in before I accept them. My mind tends to get in the way, and God must set my thinking straight. Such was the case when I heard a sermon declaring that Jesus was 100 percent human and 100 percent divine. This profound truth left me awestruck. My heart was eager to know the truth, but my head was putting up a good fight. After praying and giving the matter to God, my mind and heart agree that Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully divine.
Jesus had a body, a mind, a will, and emotions, yet He never sinned. He experienced hunger (Matthew 4:2) and thirst (John 19:28) and grew tired and weary (John 4:6). Wrapped in human flesh, the Son of God came down from Heaven and died for our sins. A beautiful expression of love, Jesus laid His life down so we can live forever.
Having walked on this earth, Jesus understands the trials and temptations you face. Because He is fully divine, He has the power to forgive sin, to change lives, and to heal sickness and sorrow. If you are grief-stricken, remember that Jesus wept when Lazarus died. (John 11:35) If your enemies conspire against you, remember that the Pharisees plotted against Jesus. (Matthew 12:14) If you are facing trials, temptation or loss, if you have been betrayed, falsely accused or rejected, remember that Jesus walked before you and experienced every emotional situation imaginable. He knows what you are going through and sympathizes with your struggles. Jesus not only understands the challenges you face, but He has the power to help you overcome them.
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