But Why a Man?
He had to be made like His brethren.
Jesus went from the throne of heaven to a feeding trough. He went from the presence of angels into a stable filled with animals. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. He who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl. The Almighty appeared on Earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do anything but lie and stare and wiggle and make noises. He needed to be fed, and yes, even changed, and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets: that God became a man, that God became a baby.
When you stop and think about it, no other way would have accomplished His goal. He could have appeared as a full grown man and said, “Here I am. I have arrived.” But if He did it that way, He would appear unapproachable. He would not have seemed human. It would be hard for us to believe He was a man like us.
God picked the right way. It’s even the logical way. Jesus had to truly be a man, to live and suffer and be tempted as a man among people on Earth. This way, we could know that He understands our trials (see Hebrews 2:17–18).
So the next time you are tired, hungry, thirsty, or lonely, remember that you have a God who knows what it’s like to stand in your shoes. He is the only one who can truly say that He knows our sorrows and understands our grief. No one else can say that with such accuracy. But God can.
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