Who was Jesus?
Fully God. Fully human. Fully dependent on God the Father.
“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
Most people think of this verse when they think of the birth of Jesus. The scene is set: Jesus’ parents in a stable, a wooden manger as baby Jesus’ crib, shepherds are led to the stable by angelic hosts, wise men traveled for days with gifts, and stinky animals everywhere.
Why did Jesus have to come to the world in such a humble way? How many times have you felt broken, alone, desperate, betrayed, mischaracterized and misunderstood by others? Isaiah described Jesus as a man “despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. No form nor comeliness, no beauty that we should desire him.” The good news is He did not sin!
Jesus’ obedience to become fully human, taking on every possible hardship known to men was to demonstrate his full commitment to the human process, emotions and experience. The baby in that stable gave up His kingship, beauty, power, perfect fellowship with God to be our ultimate price for every sin and struggle we face. Selah.
— James Adams