When Cheryl & I brought our grand daughters Corley Jane and Lottie up to the hospital to meet their newly born sister, Josephine Grace, the girls were filled with excitement and wonder. And pondering her little sibling for the first time, Corley made a poignant observation: “She has a nose; just like us!” That statement immediately made me think of another birth, over 2000 years ago — the birth of Christ.
Scripture tells us that although Jesus was God (Philippians 2:6) He became a man, with “a nose, just like us;” and with eyes, “just like us;” and hands and feet, “just like us;” in fact, in every way, “just like us.” Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” He was even tempted — “just like us.”
In fact Hebrews 2:17 says, “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
In other words, if He was going to save us, Jesus had to become a real, 100% “flesh-and-blood” person in the Incarnation. So He did. Then He lived a perfect life, died on the cross paying for our sins, and rose again to be the living Savior of whoever would call upon Him. But before He could do all that, He first had to be born as a baby, like little Josie Grace: “just like us.”