“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Upon hearing this verse a young boy asked his mother, “Mom, what does this mean?”
“Well son,” began the mother, “It means we can be confident, or assured, that what Jesus started a very, very long time ago, He will finish.”
“In the Bible, it says that God created the heavens and the earth and then formed Adam out of the dust of the ground. God began a work and expected Adam and Eve to carry out that work here on earth by caring for the Garden of Eden and the whole earth. In this way they would grow in their understanding of God.
Adam and Eve failed. Since then, Jesus has been working to restore and finish the work that was destroyed. Jesus has been working to restore in us the same love for Him that was lost at the time Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus has promised that he will not rest until this is completed on the day of Jesus Christ. The day when Jesus returns to take us all to heaven.”
Her son responded by asking, “Is there anything I can do to help Jesus?”
“Yes,” said mother, “you can have faith in what Jesus has said is true. Salvation is available to all and is accepted by faith in Jesus. This is that kind of faith needed to allow Jesus to work in our life.”
Matthew 4:3-11 shows us temptations that presented to Christ after His baptism and the forty days in the wilderness. He was physically tired, hungry and in need of spiritual and physical food. Yet in the first temptation, Jesus shows us how to resist temptation.
Vs. 3 says, “Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’”
Jesus was divine, but He had to lay down His divinity. In its place, He had to pick up our humanity. In no way could He use His divinity to better Himself or His condition.
In this way the temptation of Christ is similar to our temptations. We are often asked to place self above others. This is what Satan was tempting Christ to do. “You are hungry, then if You are the Son of God, use Your power to better your position and condition. Who cares about others, use Your power to do this.”
We face the same temptation to place ourselves above the needs of others. Christ laid down His divinity took up our humanity, relying upon scripture and the power available to us to resist sin.
God asks us to lay down our humanity, pick up His divinity. By doing so we have the power to resist sin.
Only when we lay down our selfish desires that the power of the Holy Spirit can come into our lives. In this way we pickup the Divinity of Christ, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus knew the Scriptures and quoted them. He also laid down his divinity, pickup up our humanity showing us how we too can resist sin, by laying down our humanity and pick up His divinity.
John chapter 8 verses 2-11 tell us a story of a woman that was dragged, half naked and afraid into the temple. She had been caught in the very act of adultery. The scribes and Pharisees came looking to Jesus to condemn her or to throw the first stone at her.
As the story unfolds, those that had brought her before Jesus slowly started to slip away. Jesus had stooped down and began writing on the dirty floor of the temple. As each accuser saw their sins written upon that dirty marbled floor of the temple, they saw that their lives were no better than the woman they had so roughly accused and brought before Jesus.
Jesus did not wish to create more resentment, hatred and embarrassment between the Pharisees and himself so He did not publicly associate the sin with the sinner, but they all knew in their heart what they had done. When they had all left, neither did Jesus accuse or condemn the woman, instead He said, “Go and sin no more.”
We serve a wonderful God, a God that loves us and will never cause us embarrassment. We often embarrass ourselves, but God will never be the source of embarrassment. When we come to Jesus, He says to us, “Go and sin no more.”
Even the prodigal son was not embarrassed by his Father rather he welcomed his son home with open arms.
So, it is with our heavenly Father, He welcomes us back, as if we had never left him as if we had never sinned. Doesn’t this sound like a God that loves us unconditionally? Yes, it truly does.