The Humanity of Jesus

A few years ago, I was potty training my daughter at Christmas time, when baby Jesus mysteriously disappeared from our manger scene. Frantic searching ensued. Eventually, He was discovered in the most unlikely location…the training potty. I was appalled! What drove my sweet little daughter to put Jesus in a potty? Horrible thoughts flooded my head. I gathered a calm voice and asked her, “Why did you put baby Jesus in your potty?” She replied confidently, “I was potty training Him”.

I was taken aback. She saw Jesus as a child, like herself. It was clear to her that He needed to be fed, burped, rocked, and even potty trained like every other baby ever born. In that moment, I realized she understood far more than I did. Jesus lived in our human state. He felt what we feel. He saw what we see. He experienced what we experience. He understands our situation. He can sympathize with us. He stepped out of heaven, lived the human existence, and was killed unjustly on our behalf, to redeem this broken world. That is the true present of Christmas that is so clear through the eyes of a child. I pray we behold the beauty of our Savior humbly dwelling among us this Christmas season and always!

But Jesus emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

 Rebecca Hasselbach has a passion for Jesus and this life He has given her. She enjoys sharing her love for Jesus through her role as a pastor’s wife. She loves God’s creation and enjoys spending as much time in it as possible. Rebecca also enjoys expressing herself through writing, and counts herself blessed that she gets to spend her time raising her children. To read more of Rebecca’s writing visit her blog