Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 18)

We’re not fully human yet.  

Christians believe that God has been fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.  What this means is that in some mysterious way, Jesus is God in the flesh.  When a Christian begins to talk about the identity of God, we really ought to begin and end with Jesus.

There is another truth in the Christmas story though: Jesus Christ is the total human.  It is not that Jesus was God and thus just pretending to be human, as if he floated two inches off the ground.  In some mysterious way, Jesus is both fully God and full human.

What this means is that the more we become like Jesus, the more human we become.  Christians talk about becoming like Christ all the time.  This is a central part of what it means to live as a Christian: to become more like Christ.  We do not always look deeply at what this means though.  It means we are not fully human yet.

What does it mean to be human, to be like Jesus Christ?  There are lots of scriptures to go to, but just one that helps is Colossians 3:12-17:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Compassion.

Kindness.

Humility.

Gentleness.

Patience.

Forgiveness.

Love.

The more we are those things, the more we are like Christ and on our way to becoming human.  May we become more human today.

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