Day 25: Shared in Their Humanity
“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity…” (Hebrews 2:14 a).
We have touched some on the humanity of Jesus, but there are many facets to this aspect of His nature to explore. As with so many topics in Scripture, we get so used to hearing them we don’t really think deeply about what they mean or how they apply to our worship and walk. Today’s verse says that, because we are flesh and blood, He partook or shared in our humanity.
Quite often when we see the word translated shared it comes from the Greek word koinonia, which means fellowship or sharing in common. While this certainly would apply in this verse, the writer of Hebrews chose another word, meteko, which MacArthur explains has a slightly different meaning, “taking hold of something that is not naturally one’s own kind.” As we can see, that applies even more to Jesus, because the Divine was taking on mortal flesh. He partook of our nature with all of the human experience of hunger, thirst, temptation, pain, suffering, and even death. However, He never took on our sin nature. All of that was very foreign to His nature, and required great humility on His part for Him to lay aside His privileges and veil His glory to partake of our flesh.
There is certainly fellowship in what Jesus Christ did when He became a man.
We know that He knows from experience all we must face. He knows what it is like to be tempted, whether it was as simple as being hungry and wanting to turn a stone into bread (or us heading for more cake), or as large as being tempted to worship something besides God, especially when it seems to offer us a shortcut to what we desire. He has fellowshipped with us in our weakness, yet without sin.
But He also calls us to fellowship with Him. We meet Him in His sufferings as we go through our own. There we share with Him the desire to trust despite pain, to remain willing despite the agony and the cost, to have the courage to be resolute despite overwhelming persecution, and to become like Him in death—whether that means literal death, or the thousand deaths to self which we all need to face in our lifetimes if we are to follow in obedience.
• Philippians 2:1-11 gives us a glimpse into the humility of Jesus’ willingness to become like us. How has pondering that passage increased your worship?
• When you have difficulties, what does it mean to you that Jesus has fellowshipped with you, knowing what it is to suffer as you do?
• When you consider that you are also fellowshipping with Him when you are suffering, how does that draw you closer, and give you strength to meet it?
Lord, it is overwhelming to think of what You laid aside in order to fellowship with me in my humanity. I worship You for this! Help me to be willing to lay aside anything I value in order to fellowship with You in Your suffering and obedience. May this help me know You more. Wean me from this world and my desire for my comfort over Your will.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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