Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 10

God could, had he pleased, have been incarnate in a man of iron nerves, the Stoic sort who lets no sigh escape him. Of His great humility He chose to be incarnate in a man of sensibilities, who wept at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane. Otherwise we should have missed the great lesson that it is by his will alone that a man is good or bad, and that feelings are not, in themselves, of any importance. We should also have missed the all-important help of knowing that He has faced all that the weakest of us face, has shared not only the strength of our nature but every weakness of it except sin. If He had been incarnate in a man of immense natural courage, that would have been for many of us almost the same as His not being incarnate at all.
C. S. Lewis
(Found on p. 32 of C.S. Lewis: Readings for Meditation and Reflection, edited by Walter Hooper, 1992, HarperCollins, San Francisco)

As we contemplate Christ, let us consider his friendship with Lazarus and his concern for his death and the grief of his friends. Jesus exhibits his love and his sovereignty in this passage: Luke 11:17-44:

Morning Questions:
How does Christ’s humanity (exhibiting emotion such as love and concern) impact your relationship with Him as your Saviour?

Evening Questions:
In this passage of Scripture, Martha declares Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God (Luke 11: 27), and then also demonstrates doubt shortly after (Luke 11:39). Do you relate with Martha? What do you believe would have been your response if you were present at this scene?