Daily Worship

Jesus knows what it is to be human

March 17, 2020 1
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Philippians 2: 5-8 (NRSVA)

5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8     he humbled himself
    and became obedient to the point of death—
    even death on a cross.

Jesus speaks to us with authority — the authority of one who has known:
terrible thirst, 
deep longing, 
stinging rejection, 
the hurt of a lonely trial. 

When Jesus comes alongside us in our times of thirst he comforts us from a place of experience as one who has:
sipped with care,
gulped with enthusiasm,
choked with terror,
spluttered with relief.

‘Being found in human form’ he:
drank with disciples
supped with sinners
revelled with revolutionaries
denied himself in the desert

When you’re thirsty Jesus remembers his childhood.
When you’re thirsty Jesus remembers the desert.
When you’re thirsty Jesus remembers the last supper.
When you’re thirsty Jesus remembers the cross.
When you’re thirsty Jesus remembers the reunion with the disciples.
When you’re thirty Jesus remembers you.

Lent Disciplines

The Transforming Drink: Make time every day this week to thank God for a drink, whether a blessed cuppa, a cool water or a glass or two in celebration. Think about how Jesus lived a human life and regularly had to drink just like us. Give thanks for the drinks you have.