by Gelly Nic
David, perhaps reflecting on the phenomenal beauty and breadth of the night skies, wrote the very lovely Psalm 8. This includes “what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” (Psalms 8:4-5 NLT)
We are mere mortals, and yet, incredibly, God incarnated Himself as one of us!
Should that make us boastful, that God became one of us? No, it speaks instead of the incredible humility of God.
He, who gave breath to the dust from which we came, still treasures us. He did not simply come among us, as our ultimate Saviour. Instead, He humbled Himself to experience life from the womb to the tomb. In so doing, God dignifies each season of life. Jesus is our example.
Jesus, in Mary’s womb, caused His (in utero) cousin, John, to leap in the womb of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth (Luke 1:44). How incredibly does that speak to the dignity and preciousness of life even before birth. For those of us who have known miscarriage, that life, though short, was still known by God (Ps 139:16). For those of us currently expecting, know that God is with you in a special way during this time (13). For those of us with a grandchild being carried or raised within a non-Christian family, He knows their path (7-18). Keep your trust in Him.
“ Returning to Psalm 8:4-5, Jesus grew and was born among us. In becoming one of us, He brings a new dignity to each human life. Each person shares the incredible privilege of being made in God’s image (Gen 1:26-27). God further enhanced that dignity by taking on a human life, from conception to death. God, as Jesus, came among us. Jesus grew, learned, experienced, and was challenged, developing to maturity, as we do (Luke 2:52). Although Jesus did not live to senior years, even these are regarded by God as having potential for fruitfulness (such as experienced by Abraham, Sarah and Moses, Gen 17:17; Deut 34:7). For those of us in our senior years, we can know that our unchanging God still walks with us. For those caring for seniors, let us love generously in the season that they are in, rather than for the number of years they have acquired (Matt 25:34-45).
Humanity is further honoured through Jesus in the reconciliatory work which He achieved. (Col 1:18-20) Through the sacrifice of His life, we can know new life in Him. We recognise our sinfulness, and we humbly accept the offer of His grace (Rom 3:21-26). We flourish for His glory and honour. With Jesus as our example, let us serve each other in dignity and with humility. Through all that we do and have, may God be honoured and glorified (Ps 8:4-5).”
Gelly Nic seeks to share God’s Word with others, that each may know and experience the incredible love and faithfulness of our God, who draws near to us as we draw near to Him (Jas 4:8). Her heart prayer is that those on the margins would find grace and true fellowship in God, and with His people.
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