Jesus and His Great Weakness

Read: John 1:1-14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory. (v. 14)

Flesh is, by nature and intent, fragile. If you were God’s Son and needed to die, the way to do it would be wrapping yourself in human flesh and subjecting yourself to the laws of nature and nature’s God. For Jesus, remaining in God-form wasn’t a status he needed to hold on to; he didn’t become anything less by coming to us in human form (John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:6). Rather, sharing flesh and blood, Jesus humbled himself even to death on a cross for the life of the world (Phil. 2:7-8; John 6:51). This is what obeying his Father’s good plans looked like.

In that selfless act, we see Jesus’ glory. We see what God in flesh looks like; we see how full of grace he was, and how willingly he spoke truth to everyone around him.

Jesus showed compassion toward the vulnerable and marginalized. Those whom the culture ignored or despised he welcomed. Around him gathered the weak, poor, scorned, sick, weary, frail, brokenhearted, and broken-spirited. Jesus rose to meet their needs. How? By being spiritually connected to his Father, day in and day out. The vulnerability of being human isn’t the problem; being separated from God is the weakness that cannot be overcome. He died to close that separation between God and humans, and made a way to have that life in us always. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, draw near to the Father whom Jesus loved, accepting that your own vulnerable flesh is part of God’s plan.

About the Author

With a bachelors in journalism from Texas Tech University and a masters from Western Theological Seminary, Amy Clemens enjoys all things writing, particularly about the life of faith. She is blessed with a family that includes husband Fred, five children, and five grandchildren.

Amy has just published her first book, "Walking When You'd Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall," which weaves her journey from childhood abuse toward healing and spiritual growth with a practical theology for the big story of God. You can find out more about the book and author at walkingwhenyoudratherfly.com.