Monday, 28 May 2018

He was hungry

He was hungry

And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: - Mark 11.12

As they travelled along we get the kind of strange news that Jesus was hungry. Why, you may ask, was that a big deal?

Because, I may answer, this means that God was hungry. It means that the God who created the universe and everything in eat, who could have spoken the word and had a bowl of figs in His hand, who had, in fact, created figs, was hungry when he came to a fig tree. He could have just told the tree to have figs and they would have been there.

Why would He be hungry?

I think the answer is found in Hebrews 4.15-16. Jesus, according to Philippians 2 had taken on the form of human flesh, veiling His deity. He subjected Himself to all the weaknesses of flesh; hunger and thirst, sorrow and loneliness, joy and grief. He could have understood our trials without doing that because He is God. But Hebrews lets us know that He did that so that we could know that He understands. When we pray we can know that He suffered what He suffered. He knows what it is like to be hungry and all the rest. When we pray now we can pray with confidence He knows what we are going through.

Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide till the days are done. He has been there and He ‘gets it.’

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