Joan Osborne wrote a song entitled “What If God Was One Of Us” The first time I actually heard it was when Dr. Evil played it on the piano and sung it in the Austin Powers movie. I thought to myself wow, that song is really deep. Here’s the video and a portion of the lyrics:
If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with him in all his glory
what would you ask if you had just one question?
Yeah, Yeah, God is great
Yeah, Yeah, God is good
Yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Then I realized after reading the gospels…wait a minute…God did become one of us. God did have a name. His name was Jesus. Jesus was God on Earth. That is the foundation of salvation. At His birth an angel proclaimed His name shall be called Emmanuel, God with us. What fascinates me is that He actually became one of us…a man. Jesus was fully God and fully man all at the same time. You see in order for God to restore relationship with man (which was the purpose of Him coming here), He needed for us to see how close in nature we are to Him yet how far we’ve gone astray from Him. In order to do that, He stripped Himself of His divine attributes and lived as any other ordinary human. This truth carries far-reaching and eternal implications for us. If Jesus lived as one of us (Humanity) yet lived a supernatural life, then that indicates to us that everything He did was HUMANLY possible. It also implies that anything He asked us to do in His Word is not a far-fetched dream for very special, holy people but is very much possible to every single human.
How is it possible for God to become man? Well the Word of God shares the secret.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”-Philippians 2:5-7
This is the verse upon which THE JESUS MIND is built upon. As believers we are to live with the same mindset Jesus had. He was equal with God, yet emptied Himself of His divine privileges to become like men. What are the attributes that make God, God and distinguish Him from us?
Jesus was God. Yet he humbled Himself to live impoverished if you will, at the point of the weakest depth human life could offer just so He can identify with our weaknesses and we can identify ourselves in Him. The Word of God (Jesus’ real name see John 1:1-14) put on a body…and was limited to the same rules flesh and blood are confined to. He was no longer omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent and immutable. He was prone to fatigue, feeling sleepy, getting hungry and yes, using the bathroom. God had all excretory functions in the body of Jesus. However this did not limit Jesus from doing the impossible. He had the power to heal people from all sicknesses and diseases, resurrect people who’s lives were stolen from them, cast out devils from mentally, physically and emotionally tormented people, walk on water, command storms to obey His Word and work all sorts of miracles. Traditionally, we believed it was because He was God and God can do anything. But scriptures declare Jesus “made Himself of no reputation.” Another translation states “he gave up His divine privileges.” (NLT) Jesus did not do what He did on Earth as God. He did everything He did on Earth as man…then told us we would be able to do “greater works” than the works He did. (see John 14:12) One of the things that’s holding us back from living a Christ-like life is our belief system…our mindset…our way of thinking. It’s time to renew our minds and “let this mind” to be developed in us. No more excuses. We will live like Jesus lived, love like Jesus loved and heal like Jesus healed…but that begins when we think like Jesus thought. “The Son of God became a son of man so that sons of men can become sons of God.”-C.S. Lewis
*My next few posts will explore this revelation of God in the flesh. I know this may challenge many doctrinal and traditional beliefs but bear with me as I carefully share each point. I believe it is the key to living the supernatural life we have been commissioned to live. I also believe understanding the humanity of Jesus clarifies many seemingly contradictory points within the Bible. I will back up all points scripturally. Feel free to comment and share your questions, thoughts and feelings.“Let this mind be in you which also was in Christ Jesus.”