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Fully Human

Jesus was fully human just as much as He was fully God. Jesus got tired. Jesus got hungry. Jesus got sick. Jesus felt every emotion. Society teaches us to move forward, be strong and not let our emotions get to us. We shouldn’t discount our emotions as weak or a less important part of our being. We are created in the image of God, and both God and Jesus are emotional. They feel compassion, sadness, joy and anger.

Emotion is not a negative thing. Emotion can cause us to react in a sinful, negative way, but the emotion itself is not bad. Jesus felt great anxiety in the Garden of Gethsemane, but did He worry? No. He prayed. The sin is in the worrying, not the anxiety. Jesus felt sadness at the loss of his friend Lazarus, and He cried. David, “a man after God’s heart,” experienced extreme highs and extreme lows. There were days where he praised God with raised hands and days of great distress where he begged for God’s peace and mercy.

We must learn the healthy way of reacting to our emotions. Our life stories are complex and cause us to experience rather complex emotions. Our lives can send us through waves of emotions much like King David’s psalms. We experience extreme highs, then tragedy can take us through an extreme low. But like David, we believe that God will turn our pain into joy and use these experience to shape us in His likeness.

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