Jesus knows human nature
“But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well” (John 2:24-25)
Those words can illicit fear or comfort, depending on your needs and perspective. We know that Jesus took on human form and was like us in all things but sin. This means when we are less than at our best because we didn’t get enough sleep or need lunch or quiet or company or sunshine; whatever the problem is, he gets it because he lived on earth. He also understands how we may be disappointed at times by other people. The thought that Jesus understands human nature from that perspective can be very comforting.
Let’s look at it from the other side though, fear. Jesus knows about human nature as in the sin and darkness that is in us. How often do we try to hide it from him? We avoid honesty in our prayer life We avoid confession. We avoid silence. We think we can hide our human nature.
We can’t hide our human nature. However, we are not judged on our nature but on how we act. My nature is to be very direct, decide things quickly, and move forward. I’ve learned many lessons in how that is not always the best way. So, I ask for the grace to behave differently. I go to Jesus, the One who knows human nature well and ask for help.
It’s Lent, a time to look at our human nature and improve a bit in our behavior. Sit in silence and ask the Lord, “what needs to be different? How would you like me to change?” Listen to the answer. Ask for the grace to do it. He will supply it.
Jesus knows our nature, let us run to him to guide us on our journey of transformation.