This Sunday we begin a new worship series called ‘Jesus’ Emotions, (really?)’ . Many of us have been taught not to trust our emotions. And yet, emotions are part of what it means to be a human being. This series it meant to discover some the emotions that Jesus experienced and to perhaps authenticate the sides of ourselves that may lie hidden.
Below are 3 scriptures that will get us started. Note in John 15 the movement of Jesus’ relationship from servant to friend. 2 John comes as an answer to an early church argument where some said Jesus wasn’t really a real human being. Hebrews 4 suggests that since Jesus experienced many human things He can relate to in life as we know it.
‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
2 John 7
Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist!
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are…
A few Qs to ponder might be:
If you were to take colored pencils and draw Jesus’ face what expression would you draw? Do you know why?
If Jesus is both human and divine, which part of Jesus do you need most? For the human side of Jesus to identify with your life? Or, for the miraculous divine side of Jesus to be made known to you? (BTW, this is not a trick question, or a question with a one right answer).