5th May 2021

He moved into our neighbourhood

They said, ‘Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?’
John 6:42 (NIVUK)

When people made the above comment about Jesus, they were implying that he is one of us. And in a sense, they were right. Jesus is one of us. He knows what it is like to grow up in a home. He knows what it is to be single and have friends. He knows what it is like to learn and to work. When we think about Jesus, we remember that he knows what it’s like to do the mundane things of life like preparing breakfast, doing the washing up, and making the bed. He knows what it’s like to enjoy a sunset and to be hungry and cold. He knows what it’s like to have close friends he could trust, and what it’s like to have friends who let him down. Jesus enjoyed happy occasions like dinner parties, but he also suffered physical pain and even knows what it’s like to go through the experience of dying and death.

Eugene Peterson translates John 1:14 (The Message) in this way: ‘The Word [Jesus] became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.’ The eternal Word, by taking on flesh and blood, moved into our neighbourhood—not as a mighty spirit being untouched by physical things, but as a tiny helpless and vulnerable baby that needed changing regularly. He knows what it is to be a toddler and a child. He knows what it is to be a refugee. He knows what it is to be weak and at the mercy of others. Jesus set up home in our neighbourhood to enter into the human experience so that he could empathise with us, and to taste death for us, so that we could be reconciled to the Father (Hebrews 2:9-11).

I’m glad Jesus moved into my neighbourhood, because someone who was willing to go through all this to be identified with me and you is someone we can all trust and rely on to care for us. 

Why don’t you take some time to get to know your neighbour?

Prayer
Father, thank you that Jesus became one of us, experiencing all the ups and downs of life that we go through and yet was without sin. Thank you that he did this for us so that we could live with you forever.  Amen

Study by Barry Robinson

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About the writer:

Barry Robinson is a Minister and part of the National Ministry Team directing Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  He is also the Pastoral Worker for the South of England, particularly the Camberwell and Central London congregations of Grace Communion International.

Local congregation:
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
London
W1T 6AQ

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local congregational contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:
wordoflife@gracecom.church