In this year of Knowing God and Knowing Others, we have focused on knowing God Our Father. Now, we are focusing on knowing Jesus Our Lord. Our God is one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand the person and work of each member of the Godhead—and in understanding, that we embrace and engage in knowing each member particularly and powerfully.
Jesus, the Man, our Lord, Savior and King must me known, loved and imitated in every way if we are to influence and impact the world the way He did. The divine Christ that is high and lifted up, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the one we bow to and yield to as our life-example and our life-giver to represent Him well and in a worthy manner in our world. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are called to fellowship with and be joined to Him in His life, death, resurrection, ascension and glorification (Phil. 3:7-11; I Tim. 2:4; Rom. 5:14-15).
For a second week, we are talking about our Lord In His Humanity. Jesus was fully God and fully man. As such, He gives us a pattern to follow and a path to walk. He calls and compels us to observe His way of life and obey His walk in life. Knowing Jesus in His humanity is an exercise and expression of imitation, instruction and impartation. In His life, Jesus left us a pattern to be followed fully and faithfully.
The Man As Messiah Jesus was the Messiah and the Christ—the anointed one and appointed one who came from God to man. He came to earth to execute God the Father’s perfect plan for redemption and restoration. He was sent from God to save, sanctify, strengthen and secure all people for all time. Thus, as the anointed and appointed of Christ, we are called to go out into the world as wise and worthy witnesses of His grace and glory. Pray that we would go out everyday in the appointing and anointing of Christ, representing our Messiah well in the world.
The Man As Mediator A mediator is a person who mediates, especially between parties at variance. We had no way to have peace with God—our sins produced a space that could not be spanned. Only Jesus our Lord, by the price of His own blood—poured out and put forth, could secure for us so great a salvation. The Man, Christ, brought us back to God at His own expense and His own expression of divine life. He brought God to men and men to God—this is what we are called to do everyday and at all times. Pray that as ministers of mediation, that we would bring God to man and man to God in every life we touch.
The Man As Model Jesus our Lord modeled manhood and ministry like no one else. He gave us a path to walk and a pattern to follow. If we are to truly know Jesus, we must live the life that He modeled for us and molded for us. He is the way, the truth and the life—we must walk His way, speak His truth and live His life. What He modeled, must be our mission, message and ministry. Pray that as we follow the path and pattern of Jesus, all men would see the way of God in everything we say and do.
Remember: In Christ’s humanity, He lived the life that we can now live by the vision He reveals and the grace He supplies through His example in life, as His expression of life by the word and the Spirit.