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Thursday April 17: An Eternal Solidarity (1 Tim. 2:5‪)‬ Sabbath School Lesson podcast

    • Spirituality

When we imagine the huge difference between God and ourselves,
it is astounding to think that God would reach out to us by condescending
to take on human flesh. But after He was done, most of us
would have been content for Him to abandon His affinity with us and
return fully to what He was before. However—and this absolutely
astounds us—we learn that Jesus will forever remain in solidarity with
us by retaining our nature!

Consider the implications of the following passages in regard to
Jesus’ eternal solidarity with us:

Luke 24:36-43
Acts 1:10, 11
Acts 17:31
1 Tim. 2:5

“By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than
recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to
bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ
we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In
taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie
that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with
us. ‘God so loved the world . . .’ He gave Him not only to bear our sins,
and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure
us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten
Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human
nature. . . . God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son,
and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the ‘Son of man’
who shares the throne of the universe.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire
of Ages, p. 25. “Christ ascended to heaven, bearing a sanctified, holy
humanity. He took this humanity with Him into the heavenly courts,
and through the eternal ages He will bear it, as the One who has
redeemed every human being in the city of God.”—Ellen G. White,
The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1054.

A friend of yours, hearing about Jesus’ eternal solidarity with
us, says, “That is going too far. It is too much!” What would you
say to that person? And how do you feel about the fact He will
be like us for eternity? However incredible a concept, what does
it tell us about God’s love for humanity?

When we imagine the huge difference between God and ourselves,
it is astounding to think that God would reach out to us by condescending
to take on human flesh. But after He was done, most of us
would have been content for Him to abandon His affinity with us and
return fully to what He was before. However—and this absolutely
astounds us—we learn that Jesus will forever remain in solidarity with
us by retaining our nature!

Consider the implications of the following passages in regard to
Jesus’ eternal solidarity with us:

Luke 24:36-43
Acts 1:10, 11
Acts 17:31
1 Tim. 2:5

“By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than
recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to
bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ
we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In
taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie
that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with
us. ‘God so loved the world . . .’ He gave Him not only to bear our sins,
and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure
us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten
Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human
nature. . . . God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son,
and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the ‘Son of man’
who shares the throne of the universe.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire
of Ages, p. 25. “Christ ascended to heaven, bearing a sanctified, holy
humanity. He took this humanity with Him into the heavenly courts,
and through the eternal ages He will bear it, as the One who has
redeemed every human being in the city of God.”—Ellen G. White,
The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1054.

A friend of yours, hearing about Jesus’ eternal solidarity with
us, says, “That is going too far. It is too much!” What would you
say to that person? And how do you feel about the fact He will
be like us for eternity? However incredible a concept, what does
it tell us about God’s love for humanity?

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