the garden

  I come into the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses

  and the voice that I hear falling on my ear

  the Son of God discloses

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God, Reaching out to His Creation

We go through life and when it starts out things are going easy, I got food, my diapers changed and when I cried my mother usually came and attended to my needs. Later though life got more complicated and mother was not available to meet my needs and I was on my own! Who will help me through the storms of life? How can a person possibly understand my suffering, pain, rejection and the struggles that I go through? This may include losing a loved one or friend, being rejected by family or friends or just being alone with no one to talk with. These are situations that take a toll on a person's life - a very lonely place. At some time or other most of us either experience this or in the future will find ourselves challenged by this.

There is hope in finding one who has identified with all of my struggles. The study below will help to identify, comfort and encourage us as we are challenged in life's circumstances. That hope is Jesus Christ. Christianity is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is a personal relationship with Jesus. There is a lot we have in common with Him.

1. The humanity of Jesus Christ is seen in His human family. Mathew 2:11 "After coming to the house they saw the child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." Jesus came into this world as a helpless baby. Where Isaiah 7:14 reads "a virgin will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel." - which means God with us.

2. He developed as a normal human being. Luke 2:52 "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men". As a young boy He honored His parents, unlike most youth today. Jesus grew in wisdom (mentally), in stature (physically), in favor with God (spiritually) and man (socially). He was growing into perfect manhood.

3. He was thirsty. John 19:28 "After thus, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the scriptures, said 'I am thirsty'". Can we identify with being thirsty? Jesus did.

4. He got tired. He needed to rest. John 4:6 "And Jacob's well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour". Rest is what all of us need. Without rest life becomes a struggle.

5 He cried. John 11:35 "Jesus wept". Jesus had emotions and feelings as we do. The tears we can surely understand. Jesus was so much like us that He cried at a funeral.

6. He was tempted. Hebrews 4:15 "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin". The Word of God said in Hebrews 2:18 "For in that He Himself (Jesus) has suffered, being tempted, He (Jesus) is able to aid those who are tempted" There is a parallel between Christ's temptations and ours. The difference in the temptations for Jesus was that they did not lead to sin.

Romans 1:3-4 "concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David, according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord".

Jesus is a man, but He was more than a man. He is not God and man but the God-man. He is God in the human flesh, the humanity of God revealed to His creation, us, so we might know Him personally. His two natures are bound together in such a way that the two become one, having a single consciousness and will. John 17:21 "that they may all be one; even as You Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in US, so that the world may believe that You sent Me". Do you believe that? Many believe God from a distance but do not have a personal relationship with Him.

What is a good medicine for a troubled heart? This is how God showed his love to us: 1 John 4:9 "He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live though Him". What are your thoughts about the humanity of God? It is not about history but about a personal relationship. Question for self: Do I really, really, really know God? These studies of God's Word will help answer that question!

Any questions - feel free to ask below.