Bill Johnson has an awesome message this week – Favor Like Jesus – that has given me a new understanding of Jesus’ birth and presence in our world. Most believers agree that Jesus is God. But many of us miss the fact that when he became human, he became fully human. He surrendered the God powers to His Father and the Holy Spirit. Scripture confirms this.
Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8.)
Jesus told the people: I tell you for certain that the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do. I cannot do anything on my own. The Father sent me, and he is the one who told me how to judge. I judge with fairness, because I obey him, and I don’t just try to please myself. (John 5:19, 30)
The importance of Jesus’ birth for human disciples, is that he did it. He surrendered divinity, and whatever he did on earth, he did as a sinless human being, fully surrendered to His Father’s will and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus in his humanity showed all of us exactly what we could do and be, when we’re totally surrendered, obedient, and walking in union with the Father and Holy Spirit. That is a tremendous challenge for us.
If we claim that we have been reborn, if we claim that we are Jesus’ Disciples, then we must also accept Jesus, his life and his ministry as the model for our reborn humanity. We have a covenant, God-assigned responsibility, as disciples, to follow His exmple…to heal, to deliver, to restore, and to serve–not as overlords, but as servants, humbly and obediently, even if it kills us!
No excuses like “well, Jesus was God, so of course he could heal, deliver,and restore…” No more whining, “we’re only human…” Jesus was born and lived among us as a fully human man. His life shows us that wherever he went, whatever he did, whatever he said we should do, we can do. The real challenge is our willingness …
Being a disciple is no travelogue, no sightseeing trip through the Gospel… We’re all called to get up out of our pews and follow Him with reckless abandon, follow The God-Man who came to rescue all of his confused, lost brothers and sisters–the Word made Flesh, Emmanuel, God-with-us.