Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Humanity of Christ

"The humanity of Jesus is as essential to the Christian faith as his deity. The New Testament teaching and the orthodox Christian position regarding the Person of Christ is that Jesus is truly God and truly man in the fullest sense of the terms. In His Person is a union of two distinct natures -- human and divine. Jesus is truly human in every essential aspect. Indeed, Jesus, being sinless, is the most authentic human being who ever lived."

So, Jesus was fully man. He was born of a woman. He got hungry and tired. He had human emotions. He was tempted in every way. Yet, he was without sin and he only did what the Father instructed.

Here are a few examples of how Jesus was human:

Fully Man: Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with a child of the Holy Spirit. – Matthew 1:18

Emotions: 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. 35Jesus wept. 36Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" John 11:33-36

Without Sin: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. – Hebrews 4:15

Did the Father’s Will: "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." – Luke 22:42

The Importance of His Humanity:

17For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. – Hebrews 2:17-18

Only as man can Jesus truly represent men to God, (Heb. 2:17). He understands our lives because He has lived it also, (Heb. 2:18). Because He understands, coming to Him we "obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need," (Heb. 4:15-16). As man He provided for us the pattern for living as men, "21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps." 1 Peter 2:21

Isn’t it amazing that the Son of God was obedient, when called by the Father, to be stripped of his glory, power, and position and become the savior of the world in the form of a man? He did this for us. Does Jesus love you?

As followers of Christ we are called to exhibit this same humility. We are supposed to “die to self” and “take up our cross” when we follow Christ. We are supposed to humbly lay down our rights.

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