Jesus’ Humanity

Posted: November 24, 2015 in Basic Training

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Have you ever gone through a difficult time and appreciated the presence of a good friend? Who do you seek out in hard times? I think all of us innately understand the difference between a friend who loves us but has only an intellectual understanding of what we’re going through, and a friend who has actually experienced it.

It is a core Christian belief that Jesus was not just fully God, but fully man as well.  The Bible says that Jesus was hungry and thirsty.  He washed feet and touched people.  He was tempted and experienced both physical and emotional pain. Early false teachers tried to claim that Jesus could not have been a man if He was God, but the Bible clearly teaches otherwise. (1 John 1:1-4)

“The mystery of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.”

Martin Luther

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The fact that God became a man is a profound mystery. Removing this aspect of the Gospel would remove several key understandings of the person of Jesus Christ which would have serious ramifications for us as believers today.

 

 

  • As a man Jesus was tempted in every way and went through everything that we will ever experience on this earth, therefore, Jesus is able to empathize with us and meet our needs as we draw near to Him. Because Jesus was human, yet without sin, He is able to be both our comforter and our strength in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
  • When I want to know how to navigate life successfully, I look to Jesus as my perfect example.  Jesus shows me not just right actions, but right attitudes.  Although Jesus was God, the Bible says He emptied himself to become like a servant.  This means Jesus was totally dependent on the Father just like us.  He prayed just like us.  He battled the temptations of the devil just like us.  Since Jesus navigated everything in life perfectly without sin there is no more relevant example for us than Jesus. (Philippians 2:1-8)
  • Because sin came into the world through a man, Adam, man’s salvation could only be purchased by another man.  In order for Jesus to be a legitimate substitute for our sins, He had to also be a man. (Romans 5:18-19)
  • Today Jesus is praying for us in heaven as our High Priest.  In the Old Testament the high priest was a bridge between God and the people.  As one who was fully man, yet fully God, Jesus is able to fulfill this role perfectly and intercede for us effectively in our current situation. (Hebrews 7:24-26)

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample Questions:

  1. How does the fact that Jesus was tempted in every way affect your relationship with God?
  2. Why is Jesus’ life a relevant example for us today?
  3. What is the connection between Jesus’ humanity and His ability to pay for our sins on the cross?
  4. How does the reality that Jesus is our High Priest in heaven impact our lives practically?
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