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From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine],
Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 202

Getting to know
God together.

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WAS JESUS JUST A MAN?.
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The kids called Brian “Blacky” because he always worn black clothes. He was fourteen and reckoned he was tough and cool. Zachary was only ten and a bit frightened of the older boy, he got out of his way at the shopping mall when he saw him coming.  One Saturday Zachary was buying a computer game in a shop at the mall when Blacky came in with a dirty looking girl with bright orange hair. He deliberately shoved Zachary and swore at him! Zachary suddenly got really cross when he heard Blacky use the Lord’s Name as a swear word, and said,
“ You should never use the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ like that!  He loves us all and gave His life for us!” He was shaking inside, but a big feeling of happiness in God went through him like a tingle in his legs and arms! Blacky looked like a stunned mullet !  He said,
“Um, um, Jesus was just some `dude' who lived a long time ago.”  Zachary answered him bravely, “No He isn’t, Jesus is God and He is alive now.”  Blacky didn’t say a thing, just stood there with his mouth open - and Zachary left the shop with his head held up high. He was going to pray for Blacky.

Jesus wasn’t just another man who was a good teacher, or some sort of “guru”  or master.

Jesus Christ chose to put aside His glory as God, and He became a man so that he could save us from the mess the human race had become!
How could Jesus Christ become a 100% man and still be God as well?
That is a big question. Perhaps you can understand a bit by thinking of a glass of water.  It is H20. Water is a liquid, but if you freeze it, it will turn into something hard as a rock. It becomes a block of ice. It is the same H20 but it is different. Chemi-cally they are the same,  but physi-cally they are different.  God is much more wonderful that a cup of water, of course. God was able to be the God-Man in Jesus Christ, it was no problem for Him  - what a thrilling mystery this is!

Are there Bible verses that tell us about God putting aside His glory to become a God-Man? There is a very special part in the book of Philippians that tells us about it:
“...Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God [ He was God], thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation [ became a man without God’s glory ], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men [ He had a body like we have ]:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself [ put Himself down because He loves us ], and became obedient unto death   [ He did the will of the Heavenly Father ], even the death of the cross.”
(Philippians 2: 5-8).

WELL! That was some pretty heavy thinking! I hope you didn’t get bogged down!  That wonderful Jesus is your Friend and your own com-panion forever when you belong to Him and He is your Saviour. There was never a better Friend than Jesus, Who is more wonderful than any other friend could ever possibly be. This God-Man died on the Cross to save you from sin and death - what a glorious Saviour:

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23).

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