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The Way I Take

”He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10


Few of us understand the difficulties of life more than Job. What he went through is as an example of just how hard life can be. Daily we battle, grind and struggle for a little happiness, or at the very least, some relief. If only there were someone who could walk in our shoes and know what we go through - to understand us. This is why Jesus came to earth, first as a baby, who grew to be a man (and God all at the same time). Jesus (God) walked in our shoes. For Him to do this He stepped down from heaven and:


INTO THE FLESH…


”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…” John 1:14a


Can you imagine, from God’s viewpoint, watching a rank (rotten, rancid) group of people, generation after generation, and then choosing to join their ranks This is precisely what Jesus did - He became flesh to save our rotting flesh. Not only did Jesus become one of us, His love made Him one with us. And being God, He could make us one. For this to happen, Jesus had to drastically handicap Himself. In no way could the: all powerful; all knowing; present everywhere; unchanging God possess all of these powers and become like us - weak, frail and unstable in nature. But this is exactly what Jesus did, flowing out of the love God has to save us and give us a home with Him.


…AND FULL OF GRACE.


”…We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14b


You’d think the only righteous person to ever walk this planet would be the most judgmental (and rightly so) of us. Sin is so disgusting to God that He cannot even look at it. But here Jesus is, fully immersed in sinful humanity, and yet is the most loving and forgiving - full of grace and truth. Jesus didn’t come to critique, analyze, or condemn us. O.K., maybe to those who thought they were ‘good’. The truth is, He just loved us and willingly gave His life for us. What we need is God’s grace - this is why Jesus came.

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