Jesus Becomes Like Us - Life Application Study Bible Devotional

Jesus Becomes Like Us

Luke 1:30-38, NLT

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 34Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.” 38Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Setting the Scene

This week’s passages reveal that Jesus was born as a baby. The divine Creator humbled himself and entered the human race as a flesh-and-blood human being. The apostle John knew Jesus man-to-man, having lived, eaten, conversed, and traveled with him. John had heard Jesus teach and heal, and had seen him suffer and die. According to John, “the Word became human and made his home among us” (John 1:14, NLT).

But no one was closer to Jesus than his mother, Mary. In this passage, an angel approached this startled teenager and explained that she would have a baby, but not just any baby, “the Son of God” (Luke 1:35, NLT). God would come to earth supernaturally but through natural means: conception, pregnancy, and birth. Jesus was (and is) both divine and human, the God-man. No one knows exactly how that works, but we see the evidence. Jesus was fully God and fully man—at the same time.

Imagine what Mary must have been thinking and feeling at this moment. Angel visits didn’t happen every day! And Gabriel’s message was even more startling—a virgin conceiving, by the Holy Spirit, and birthing God’s Son. Yet Mary responded with faith and submission. No wonder she had “found favor with God.”

Getting Personal

How does knowing that Jesus was human help you?

If you were in Mary’s place, how would you have responded to the angel’s announcement?

When do you find it difficult to submit to God’s will?

Jesus was a living, breathing, and feeling human person. He wasn’t a divine being dressed up like a human; he wasn’t acting a part. Jesus fully took on flesh and experienced firsthand all that we experience. Thus, the Bible tells us, he can understand us and fully sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus, the Creator, became a baby, a child, an adolescent, an adult—with all of the human physical, psychological, and emotional qualities, but perfect, without sin. He knows us in every way. He knows you. And get this—he loves you and wants only the best for you. That’s a truth almost as amazing as Gabriel’s announcement.

Talking to God

Meditate on Luke 1:37: “Nothing is impossible with God” (NLT). Pray for faith like Mary’s to believe God in every situation.

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