In 2023, the Ginghamsburg Church community is following the Bible in One Year reading plan. Anyone can download the Bible in One Year app and join the discussion in the comments below, or by joining and posting to the ginghamsburg facebook group. The following post is a reflection written by Ginghamsburg Church community member Leo Berbach.
Jesus is Human
As I was reading through Luke chapters 2-5, I was struck by how Jesus’ way of life touched the marginalized and challenged the establishment. He was bold and firm in his actions, even when under close scrutiny from the Pharisees. It was clear that Jesus knew exactly what he was doing, and his impact on society was felt by all.
However, as we approach Easter and walk through this Lenten season and reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus, I found myself drawn to the human side of him. I catch myself often unable to see him as one of us. Although he is a part of the Holy Trinity, Jesus was also fully human, and it is important to remember that he faced many of the same struggles and challenges that we do.
One example of Jesus’ human side can be seen in Luke 2:41-52, where he stays behind in the temple without his parents’ knowledge. When his mother Mary scolds him, he responds in a way that shows his youthful innocence and obedience. It is clear that Jesus was a child who was eager to learn and grow in wisdom, just like any other child.
In Luke 3:23, we see that Jesus was beginning his own ministry; this was also the end of his career as a carpenter. This is a reminder that he worked in a blue-collar job, just like many of us, and he understood the struggles and challenges of everyday life. He understood exhaustion, tiredness, and living hand-to-mouth.
Another example of Jesus’ humanity can be seen in Luke 4:28-30, where a mob tries to kill him. Despite their anger and hostility, Jesus walks away unharmed. This is a testament to his great stature and strength of character.
In Luke 5:16, we see that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray. No, he didn’t detach from reality by scrolling through his phone to “get away” from his life. He actually drew closer to his Father for the strength he needed. I don’t do it near enough, do you? Even Jesus stepped away and prayed and devoted time to pour into his ministry.
As we all prepare to celebrate Easter and reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus, it is important to remember that he understands our struggles and challenges. He was fully human, just like us, and he loves us for who we are. His mission gives us hope and comfort, and his example serves as a reminder that we can overcome even the greatest challenges when we have faith in him and perseverance.