Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 2, 2012

Emily Harriman

Sophomore, Psychology Major

2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30; 19:3
Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Mk 5:21-43

"For this reason he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people." –Hebrews 2:17

Humans aren’t exactly the most perfect creation of God.  It seems like from the very beginning of the world humans have been making mistakes, doing what is wrong in the sight of the Lord, and sinning constantly.  Every one of us is guilty of those things and we are very far from perfection, but that’s what makes us human.  God, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of us.  He’s perfect.  He is sinless, he does not need to depend on anyone else, he is eternal, and he is omnipresent.  I know I can say that I am none of those things that God is because I am human.  Thinking of all this brings Jesus to my mind.

God sent Jesus to the earth to save us all from sin.  Basically, Jesus was God in human form, right?  At least, that’s the easiest way to say it.  But Jesus was human, just like every one of us.  This might confuse some people because if God is perfect, then Jesus is perfect. But Jesus is also human and humans are very imperfect.  How do we begin to wrap our minds around who Jesus Christ was?  He has both qualities of man and God.  In all ways physical, Jesus was human.  He experienced birth and eventually death as all humans do.  Jesus was so much like God in personality though.  Jesus was sinless and completely perfect.  He was like the ultimate human: the way we all should strive to be. 

I think this is what makes Jesus such a cool guy.  He lived on earth and had to experience all of these human things.  For example, in Luke 2:22-32 his mother and father had to bring him to be consecrated to the Lord like all other human babies.  Jesus, God incarnate, saved each and every one of our lives by coming to live on the earth.  We all know life on earth isn’t always a great time, but Jesus chose to do it anyway.  He did it for me and he did it for you.  He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.  Everyday we should think about how Jesus lived his life here on earth and try to imitate that.  Let us try to live a little more like Jesus every day.

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