“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
– 1 Timothy 2:5 (ESV)
Do you ever, as a worship leader, take time and think on Christ’s humanity? We spend much of our time teaching on and singing about God’s holiness, Christ’s mercy in dying on the cross and rising again, but do we take as much time to understand His humanity? Confession time, I do not! Which means I really have a relationship with half a savior.
“Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
– Hebrews 2:17 (ESV)
In his book Experiencing the Trinity, Joe Thorn says this, “Jesus, in His humanity, experienced adversity, abandonment and affliction. He knew poverty and hunger, loneliness and betrayal, temptation and satanic attack, divine wrath and death.” This post is most certainly inspired by this chapter in Joe Thorn’s book, but it is also inspired by this recent season of suffering I myself have been going through.
2015 was the most tumultuous year of my life and it really made me look at Jesus for His humanity and reach for a greater understanding of just how amazing the act on the cross really was! Knowing that Jesus has felt the same pain and loneliness I have felt, and greater, and knowing He still went to the cross willingly to die, for me… I’ve never felt more loved, more accepted and more a part of the family of God than I do now.
We worship a good God, a faithful God, and loving and merciful God. We worship a God who actually understands what we feel on a day-to-day basis. Reflecting that toward other people and striving to have my life be described and defined by the fruits of the Spirit has never been a higher priority to me than it is now.
As worship leaders, it is my prayer for myself and for us as a network that we all strive for the same. May our songs, our liturgies, our testimonies, our prayers and our lives reflect the loving, joyous God of peace who is patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self controlled. May we strive to understand Jesus’ humanity as much as we do His deity, and may that inspire us to worship more passionately than ever before!
This article originally appeared here.