“Just Like Us”

When Cheryl & I brought our grand daughters Corley Jane and Lottie up to theIMG_4475 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.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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2 Responses to “Just Like Us”

  1. Wendy Hatcher says:

    That is so funny that she said that, because when I looked at Josie, I thought, Wow, Libbey just gave birth to herself, the exact same baby, with the same face, for the third time! How neat that must be for y’all! I guess, looking at Jolene Dennis’ kids, that they really don’t look much different until they get a little older. Now, you can’t tell hers were all the same baby, either! 😉 But for you and Mrs. Cheryl, still yet, it must be like holding Libby again for the first time, every time! But by everything going I have just said, it may be all like holding Paul and David and Michael as well for the first time, too! Grandparent in must be confusing, and all that and a bag of chips rolled into one, at the same time!
    Didn’t miss the message, though. I love Jesus! But sometimes, just need to be caught up in the miracles of today! Congrats, Boompa and Grandmommie!!

  2. there was no reason at all to be some one in incarnation. Jesus was simply born having come for the first time on earth and not for the so maniest time in an incarnation coming from having been some one or something else. He was the one promised in the Garden of Eden and come to life like his heavenly Father had promised by giving His Word, and as such the Word (the saying or that prophesy) having become flesh.

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