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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 14: Jesus Taking on Human Flesh

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 14: Jesus Taking on Human Flesh

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, CSB)

It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around what Jesus did when He took on human flesh. My flesh is all I know, and sin and failure are part of my own experience here. But this wasn’t the case for Jesus; when He took on human flesh, it was such a tremendous step down. It opened Him up to the weaknesses we experience, yet He never once fell to temptation or sin.

Leaving Heaven for earth and taking on human flesh shows a depth of love that can’t be matched. This stepping down was necessary for our rescue from death and hell because of our sin. Because He did take on flesh, we know He understands the things we face in life. This makes approaching Him with our frustrations and feelings much easier. He knows what it feels like to have the weakness of human flesh. While Jesus never sinned, He felt its effects on the body of a human. 

The weakness of human flesh is a lifelong struggle for us. But one day we will no longer wrestle and feel its limitations. Our human flesh will be cast off and replaced with a righteous, new glorified body. We’ll never feel weak again, and we’ll never fall to sin. But until that day comes, we know that we can be honest and vulnerable before God about our weaknesses because He understands and shows us grace and mercy. How kind, compassionate and loving He is!

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