Have you ever stopped and pondered the incarnation? Have you ever stopped to ask why he become one of us? He is the all-powerful God, and he could have saved us anyway he chose. He chose to become one of us.
I think one of the reasons he came was to empathize with us. While I think it is possible for anyone to have empathy, I think we trust in someone’s empathy more when they have walked in our shoes. So, I believe that one reason he took the form of man was to walk in our shoes so that we could better trust that he understands our plight.
More importantly, he came to show us a new way of living. Human nature is tainted by sin. Sin is rooted in selfishness. Jesus was as unselfish as they come. He stepped out of perfection, and stepped into our sin-tainted world. He lived among us. He was negatively impacted by the sinfulness of humankind, and yet, he did not resort to sin in his response. He chose to turn the other cheek. He chose not to seek riches and glory in this life. In fact, he gave himself completely in both his active ministry and in surrendering himself to earthly rulers in whose hands he suffered a brutal death.
Spend some time with the Holy Spirit pondering the selfless and loving lifestyle of Jesus the Christ. As you ponder his life, ask yourself how you can become more like him. Jot down a couple of notes to capture your thoughts. Place the notes in a place where you will often be reminded of the commitment you make to your Lord and Savior today.