How to be Human

I like to think of how human Jesus was while he was here on earth. This helps me deal better with my shortcomings and frustrations. It also helps me process my feelings and emotions. It is reassuring to know there’s someone in Heaven right now, pleading my case because He knows what it means to be human. So let’s look at some of the ways Jesus’ humanity endears us to him.

First, I see a man who was so worried about his impending death, so he calls three of his best friends to be with him in this vulnerable time. Of course, the friends sleep off and don’t join him in his heart-wrenching prayers.

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Uggh! We all know how disappointing it can be when the friends you trust don’t show up for you the way you would want them to. This was a pretty difficult time for Jesus. Just reading the verses where he is sorrowful and in deep distress because of this inevitable event (his death on the cross), makes me connect more and more to his humanity. He felt pain. He felt sad. He felt how it really was to be human.

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Matthew 26:39

Second, was a man on the cross, going through this agonizing, soul-crushing moment. I mean, have we even thought about the Middle Eastern sun? Phew! And while he’s going through that, he says ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ This was certainly as ‘human’ as it gets! We always think God has abandoned us. There are times when it feels like he’s so far away that he can’t see or hear us. And it’s really comforting to see Jesus feeling this way too. It’s like, I’m not alone after all!

Third, and important to me, Jesus loved breakfast food. I mean, have you seen how many times bread was mentioned? I love that part after he resurrected where he called out to his friends to come and eat (after those ones were still struggling to catch fish). Jesus lived a life of ease (not hustle). He knew that all things work together for our good. So child, break some bread and relax in God’s finished work.

Dear human, I know how hard it is to be human. But knowing Jesus went through all of these and understands our weaknesses is certainly heartwarming. Talk to him whenever you feel like He has abandoned you. Because guess what? He never did! He’s right there with you.

Happy Easter!

Love,

M.

Death Has Died

death

Death has died!

Scream it in the streets!

Let the world know

The darkness is gone

The light has come

Death has died!

The unrestricted restricted Himself

To set us free from the chains

That have restricted us

Oh death!

Where is your sting?

Oh grave!

Where is your victory?

Alas!

The end has come! They cheered

Aha!

It is finished! He said

They thought it was over

They thought they had Him bound

But He could never be put down

By His strong hands death has died!

Oh death that scares the sons of men!

Oh grave that has swallowed up warriors!

What power do you have

To keep the one who is Life, dead?

Victory! He shouts

Bursting out of the belly of hell

With the keys of death in His hands

Death has died!

Shout it in the streets

Let the world know!

He is risen!

With an empty grave left in His wake

Nothing can hold Him bound

Not even the clenched jaws of death!

And as for you,

Rejoice!

For the victory won

Was a gift to give

Death was the bride price

To make you His very own adorned bride

Do not be afraid

Do not be sad

For your groom is alive!

And by His mighty hands

Death has died!

©Mfon Etuk, 2016