We all have a body. You have one. I have a different one. We probably don’t even remember a time when we didn’t have a body. But we do understand that to currently live on earth, we need a body.
In God’s perfect plan, in order for God to come to earth as a human, He would need a body. Jesus, God’s Son, agreed to do just that. He left His exalted throne in heaven, put off His glory, put on human skin, and made the huge step down onto planet Earth. The Creator became a created being.
With His human body, Jesus experienced the following: temptation, frustration, grief, a grueling schedule, homelessness, hunger, exhaustion, sleeplessness, criticism, hate speech, an attempted stoning, rejection, mockery, and being misunderstood by family, friends, and religious leaders. He was betrayed, falsely accused, judged as guilty, beaten, flogged (receiving at least 39 lashes), nailed to a cross, and left to die a criminal’s death.
Paul described Jesus’s transformation this way, “Who, being in very nature God . . . made himself nothing, . . . being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8).
The night before Jesus’s crucifixion, during the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24b).
When believers participate in the Lord’s Supper or Communion, we are to remember the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. The immense cost and act of love from the One and Only God is difficult to comprehend, but impossible to ignore.
(Watch for next week’s devotion: “This Is My Blood”)