"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: December 13

 “ … We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin” ~ Hebrews 4:15

An “opal” passage whose markings reflect color after color to those who will see. Perhaps you are thinking this is a strange verse about which to think at Christmas time. I find it deep with Christmas meaning. After all, did not Jesus stoop to being born in a stable so that no-one could ever believe Himself “not good enough” to be a Christian? Didn’t Jesus take on the infirmity of the “bad background,” the “lowly beginnings,” so that anyone from anywhere can know that He feels their infirmities?

We have already looked at the wonder in the fact that the Word of God tells us the Lord Jesus was “in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.” How it reassures me [Eugenia Price, the author] to realize He too was tempted as I am! And here in this “many-colored” stone at the top of this page, is a reassurance of a still deeper kind.

God came to earth in the lowliest surroundings as the most helpless being, a newborn infant. He knows how it feels to be a baby. He knows how it feels to be a ten year old child. He knows how it feels to be a teenager. He knows how it feels to be an adult who is disappointed and hurt and alone.

His heart was broken again and again before it broke in the Great Agony of the Garden and the Cross. Jesus knows how it feels to be brokenhearted and grieved. Open yourself to know in a deeper way that the One who came that first Christmas was …

“… touched with the FEELING of our infirmities …”

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