Thank you for coming to our One Word at a Time blog carnival, which this week is on the word ‘down’.
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Jesus Was ‘Down’
Christmas is the time that we celebrate Jesus coming ‘down’ to Earth…. but I started wondering today if the bible actually meant something else when it used the word ‘down’.
In John 6:38, Jesus is recorded as saying:
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
The Urban Dictionary defines the word ‘down’ thus:
1. To be ‘With It’ or in ‘the know how’, knowledgeable about something, or to give respect/recognition to something.
2. To be keen for something.
3. To be friends with someone or to spend time with them. ‘Gettin Down’ means to sleep with them.
4. To have something ‘Down Pat’ or well perfected.
5. To be in agreeance with someone or something.
Now, when Jesus used the word ‘down’ could he actually have meant it in one of these senses?
Was Jesus actually saying that he was ‘with it’ or in ‘the know how?’
Was he reminding us that by living a life on Earth, he was learning what it was like to be one of us? He was ‘down’ in the sense of becoming knowledgeable about the human experience?
Or maybe he was saying he was ‘keen’ to come save us, as in ‘I’m down with dying for their sins’?
I sincerely doubt it.
I think it means exactly what it appears to mean, but I do love that Christmas time reminds us that Jesus knows what it’s like to be human. He’s walked a mile in our shoes. He’s been here, experienced it and thus, when we talk to him, we’re talking with someone who’s ‘down’ with what it’s like to be one of us.
Are you ‘down’ with God?