Oh, the Humanity!

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.”—Galatians 4:4 (NLT)
I’ve always been fascinated by comics. The larger than life stories and characters are just so enthralling. And it’s even cooler today because we live in a golden age of comic book movies. Seeing my favorite heroes come to life on the big screen makes me feel like a kid again.
I’ve often been asked why I love comics so much. It’s not the fantastical elements—it’s how down to earth and relatable they are. The thing that makes the X-Men so great isn’t the mutant powers, but the very real and relevant—both then and now today—civil rights commentary it engages readers in. That’s the key to a good comic book: relatability.
In today’s verse, we read about the moment when our larger-than-life God steps into His creation. Now, the thing that makes this pivotal moment in history that much more profound is the fact that He didn’t arrive on the scene as an all-powerful superman or a hammer-wielding demigod. Instead, the God of the universe became a baby, “born of a woman.”
The expression here doesn’t speak of the miraculous virgin birth. In fact, this phrase was common. And to me, that makes it even more powerful because it isn’t intended to emphasize the divinity, but the humanity of Christ. And to further emphasize this, Paul states that Jesus was “subject to the law,” indicating both the laws of man and the laws of nature.
To me, this is the most miraculous aspect of the incarnation . . . that Jesus was fully God and fully man (Philippians 2:8); He was fully Lord and yet fully relatable. That’s why the writer of Hebrews states, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are . . .” (Hebrews 4:15 NIV).
I’m not sure about you, but every time I think about this, I’m encouraged. Why? Because it just assures me more and more every single day that my Savior truly gets me. He understands me on a deep, personal, intimate level, and He understands what I go through. And because He’s already overcome this world and all its troubles, because He “has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin,” I can trust and rely on Him in my trials and temptations to lead and guide my steps into eternity!
DIG: Why is the humanity of Christ so vital to the picture of salvation?
DISCOVER: What does the humanity of Christ mean to you?
DISPLAY: As you pray this week, remember to bring any and all troubles and temptations you’re facing with complete honesty and a spirit that’s open to hearing, because He knows and has the words of life!

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.