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Devotionals for Daily Living ©
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven–the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
(John 3:12-15 (NIV))
Jesus knew human nature extremely well. People then, just as now, always want more than they are capable of handling. Perhaps this is even greed taken to the next level.
We have a tendency to want more than what we have. We want to be looked upon as either having more or knowing more than the people around us. I hate to say this, but some people probably even think that they could have done what Jesus did. I would even venture to say that there are some people who think that they could have done it better.
Isn’t human nature a funny thing?
We want the power and the glory, but we are not prepared to handle even a little bit of anything without totally messing it up.
Jesus knew this and He proclaimed human frailty concisely in the words recorded in John.
I am very thankful that Jesus did not follow human traits and boast that only He was allowed into heaven. He simply stated a fact and then proceeded to explain that He came so that those who believe may have eternal life through Him. There was no greed in these words. There was no pride in these words. There was simply love!
Jesus was giving us a glimpse of the depth of His love for each of us. He was not bragging. He was simply telling of God’s plan for salvation. If He can come to this earth to suffer and to die for our sins, then we should be able to humble ourselves and forget about our desires to be better than others and to have more than others, after all, Jesus is God’s only Son. In human thought processes, He has every right to boast and brag. Yet, He humbled himself unto death for us.
Do you understand the things that Jesus taught? Do you live your life as if you do?