Today's scripture: Ephesians 4:8-10
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, came to earth in human form. He grew up,
experiencing the same things we did … happiness and sorrow, hunger and a full
belly, fatigue and rest.
Through His teen years and twenties, He learned and plied the trade of His
earthly father, constructing … well, we’re not exactly told what, but likely
tables and shelves and bedsteads. He may have smashed a thumb or two with a
hammer or felt the pain of sore muscles.
At thirty-three, He began His earthly ministry, and at the very first,
experienced temptation by the lies of the enemy. He went on to heal lepers and
blind men, cast out demons, and raise the dead to life. He grew intimate
relationships with twelve chosen followers.
He taught love and warned of persecution. He claimed oneness with the Father,
the Creator of all. He forgave sins.
Finally, He was betrayed by a close friend, denied by an even closer friend,
and forced through a sham trial. Beaten. Ridiculed. Spat on.
Crucified. Buried. “… descended into the lower parts of the earth …”
Ah, but then He rose from the dead. Alive!
After spending time with His followers—some 500 of them—He ascended to the
right hand of the Father. Where He sits today. Alive and interceding for us.
And one day, He will return. He will gather all His followers to Himself. One
day, He will set up an earthly kingdom, a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1),
where “… God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there
shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Praise our Lord Jesus today for what He’s done and for whom He is.