In the thirty-three years He was on this earth, Jesus gave us the perfect example of how to be a human being. He was a compassionate servant to others, He forgave, healed, comforted, taught, defended the oppressed, silenced His detractors with incomparable words of wisdom, lived in perfect obedience to His Father, and became our example of righteousness. In the end, He laid down His life so we could follow his steps (1 Peter 1:22) and become the kind of human beings God intended us to be.
It is through Jesus’ life that God’s word teaches us how to be truly human. For becoming a human being goes beyond principles, ideas, programs, and even beyond truth -- what good are any of these things if we do not live as human beings, following in the steps of Jesus? Are you an excellent student, or defender of your faith, a good witness, a moral person? Are you a generous person -- with your money, your time, your expertise, or your knowledge? Although these can all be good things, none of them are what Jesus calls us to be. By His life, He calls us first of all to be human beings -- genuine human people who live His example of humanity before others in the face of a world that all too often degrades humanity and the dignity of true human existence. God became man in Jesus Christ. He did not become a principle, a program, a law, or an attitude. He became a human being. The life of Jesus Christ on earth shows us how to be fully human, and that is what our world needs. It needs Jesus Christ lived in each heart, each soul, and each life every day.
No matter who you are or where you live, the need is the same -- for real human beings who emulate Christ in their thoughts, their emotions, their actions, and their interactions. Who do you know who needs you to be human today? How will you be Jesus to that person and to the world around you? When we judge others, promote ourselves, or our opinions, isolate ourselves from those outside our circle, or selfishly pursue our own interests, we are not being human for we are not following Jesus’ example.
Perhaps the real challenge is to turn away from following the examples of those who are lesser than Christ, to look beyond the horizons of our limited sight and fix the eyes of our hearts on Jesus. And follow Him.
Will you come with me?