The popularity of “The Chosen.” seems to be sweeping the country. Part of that interest has been stirred because this series has to do with the fact that Jesus is being depicted as one of us – a man with human frailties, one who hungers and thirsts, feels sadness and sorrow and had to endure many of the problems we all face each day. We can relate to Him. I’ve grown rather attached to this series because, even though it is at times fictional, it is based on the time Jesus walked the earth with characters that show the depth of the human spirit. Jesus was truly a man, but He is also true God. That’s a concept that the wisest scholars cannot understand. Like many things we read in the Bible, we are simply to accept with a childlike faith.
The absolute truth that Jesus is not only human, but divine, should give us not only a role model to follow – a teacher to learn from – a man of character and wisdom, but also the Creator of the Universe, the One who saved us from ourselves, the One True God.
When we are in the throes of despair; when we think that all hope is gone; when our hearts feel empty and hopeless; that’s when Jesus is the closest to us. He endured the human experience. He knows how we feel. He endured emotional and physical strain. He lost dear friends to death. As a child, I’m sure He scraped His knees a few times or had blistered hands from working as a carpenter. He suffered a painful death and humiliation on the cross.
Only our Divine God could come up with the perfect plan for the redemption of mankind. He would become human and take our place, so that our sins would finally be forgiven. When we die, we will be like Jesus, the man. We will continue living because of Jesus’ sacrifice. We will always be connected to God, the Father because of His divine intervention in our salvation.
Thank God for walking in our shoes – for leaving His throne in heaven – for loving us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to guarantee us a home in paradise.