MONDAY, MAY 6
Scripture: Matthew 8:18-22
Jesus was born both as the Son of God and the Son of Man in order to be the perfect High Priest which He accepted with the great limitations of flesh and blood. He understood temptations. He showed us how to live as both Son of God and Son of Man walking His life in human form. As Son of Man He took on a completely unique role and had the ultimate choice of surrendering to the will of God and He became the Pattern Son. In Matthew 8:18-22 we are told, “And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’ Then another of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’” What do we see Jesus enduring as the Son of Man? We see Him suffering lack. We see Him suffering every kind of depravation. He wasn’t born into a wealthy family. He was born to a carpenter. Herod tried to kill him at birth. His parents had to flee to another country during His infancy. His family no doubt was familiar with hardship and perhaps the wagging of tongues concerning His ‘questionable’ birth’. We know that Jesus learned obedience through the things which He suffered. All of that happened to Him as the Son of Man. We need to remember something. God chose this lowly estate to be born into and through it to serve mankind. He made His choice. He created the heavens and the earth. He chose servanthood, the humility of a servant and a blue-collar family to be born into. Jesus demonstrated the attitude of God. Choosing to be a servant, Jesus had some unique experiences as the Son of Man. He walked in a very unusual place. Have we ever felt distressed over our experiences and station? Have we ever, through crushing circumstances, felt marked and abandoned due to warfare and resistance? Jesus experienced it all as the Son of Man. The King of Kings, our Elder Brother has paved the way through to victory and calls on us to follow His path.