Monday, February 29, 2016

Thoughts on Psalm 119:30

30 I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus became a man?

He is God. He has existed since before time began. He created all things. When He manifested as a man, that wasn’t when He began existing - it was just when He left Heaven to come to Earth.

But why did He do that? Why did He leave the comfort of Heaven to become a man?

To save us from our sins? Yes, that is definitely true, and thank God for it! But that is only part of a bigger picture.

Jesus actually answers this question directly. He says,
For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.John 18:37

That is the purpose of Jesus becoming a man and coming into the world - to convince us about the truth.

The truth about what?

The truth about who God is.

This is marvelous, that when God wanted to reveal Himself to mankind, He didn’t make a movie about Himself. He didn’t come down riding on a cloud and have angels announce it over the earth in power and glory.

He lived life as a man.

Jesus alludes to this when he was asked, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.John 10:24

Jesus didn’t actually say the words, “I am the Christ” because anyone could say those words. Instead He lived it. Every day of His life, the works He did showed what God is truly like.

He showed God’s forgiving heart when He saved an adulteress from being stoned to death.
He revealed God’s desire to provide for you when He multiplied food for thousands of hungry people.
He boldly declared God’s longing to heal you when he laid His hands on lepers and the sick, and healed every one of them.
He laid bare God’s tender heart for children by picking them up in His arms when His disciples tried to shoo them away.
And then He demonstrates God’s love for you in a way no words could ever express, when He stretched out His arms and had His hands nailed to the Cross.

And then He looks at you and says, “he who has seen Me has seen the Father.John 14:9

He is not saying “he who has seen My physical body has seen the Father.” But He is saying, “If you’ve seen My heart, My character, My desires, My concerns, My actions, My words, My willingness to teach, heal, provide, and love… if you’ve paid attention and really understand who I am - then you know exactly what the Father is like, because I am exactly like Him.”.

Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature Heb 1:3 NASB

So as you read the Word of God, look closely into Jesus’ heart and life, and you will see the very essence of who God is and who He wants to be for you. He longs to reveal Himself to you.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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