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Happy New Year — The Gift Of Being Human 

It’s the first day of 2019 and in eighteen days I begin another semester teaching Old Testament at Southern Bible Institute & College. One thing I’ve come to recognize--whether it’s teaching at Southern Bible, Dallas Seminary, or in a Word of Life Bible Institute classroom in South Korea or Brazil, students know in a matter of minutes if you actually want to be in the classroom with them. If you’re only going through the motions, forget connecting with them.  I’m so thankful that Jesus wasn’t just going through the motions when he took on human flesh.

In the build up to Christmas I heard a lot about Immanuel, “God with us,” and sermons on the lyrics to Paul’s first century hymn in Philippians 2-- “He, Jesus, existed in the very form of God and did not consider equality with God something he had to grasp after. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant…” 

Yes, Paul stresses that Jesus humbled himself and took the form of a servant. Jesus did this so that he could die for us, but Paul’s hymn closes with Jesus exalted and given a name that is above every name. It struck me that as Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father today, he does so as a man. Divine—yes, but also fully a man.

In the Old Testament, the second person of the Trinity appears in human form every once in a while, for example, when he had a dinner meeting with Abraham (Genesis 18). But after his birth in Bethlehem, God’s Son became a man forever. He didn’t reluctantly come to earth and become a man. He embraced it. He did this because he wanted to connect with us forever. In the classroom of our life, he really does want to be with us. 

If you haven’t personally connected with Jesus, as we begin another year, this is the perfect time to put your faith in him. 

LORD, thanks for another year that Mary and I through Truth Encounter can help people to track your thoughts in the Scripture, share with them about living  in Your Story, and encourage as many as we can to join us in connecting with Jesus. Thanks, Lord Jesus, that you weren’t just going through the motions when you came to be with us. 

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