THE MAN JESUS

 
     
 

MEMORY VERSE: Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Heb. 2:17.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Hebrews 2:3-18
INTRODUCATION: Jesus Christ is God and man simultaneously. While His Divinity is of great benefits to us, His humanity is also very precious to us (Heb. 2:18). In order to be the Saviour, Jesus had to be not only Divine and Virgin-born, but He must also be a true man. He was like us in every respect except that he never sinned. And because HE was sinless, He is able to stand before God and plead for us (1 Tim. 2:5).

WHAT ARE THE PROOFS THAT JESUS WAS HUMAN?
There are several proofs that Jesus Christ was as we are, For example, He had human ancestry, that is, for Jesus to be human He must have a human parent, which He did in the person of His mother, Mary (Lk.2:7, Gal. 4:4). Jesus was born of the seed and lineage of David (Acts 13:22-23). Also Jesus possessed a physical nature (Jn. 1:14). He had flesh, blood, bones etc. (Heb. 2:14). In fact, like every man, Jesus had body, soul and spirit (Matt. 26:12, Matt. 26:38 and LK. 23:46). Not to confess that Jesus Christ is a man is a mark of the anti-Christ (1 Jn. 4:3). In fact one way to test a demon possessed person is to ask this question: “Has Jesus
Christ come in the flesh?” And they will answer with an emphatic “No.”

WHAT LAWS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT DID HE OBEY?
Like all human beings, Jesus Christ was subject to all the laws of human development. For example He started as an infact and He grew (Lk. 2:40). He asked questions like every normal growing child (Lk. 2:46). As He grew physically, He also grew mentally (Lk. 2:52). Even though He is God incarnate, He was taught obedience like all other human children (Heb. 5:8). Like every one of us, He tasted suffering even on a scale much greatest than ours (Heb. 2:10). He worked as a carpenter to the age of thirty, that is, He learnt a trade and worked hard at it too. Infact He did the job so thoroughly that He could not be distinguished from any other ordinary carpenter (Mk. 6:3). He suffered temptations like every other man (Heb. 2:18) and finally He suffered death because man is born to die (Heb. 9:27). If He had not been human, He could not have died because God and the angels never can die.

WHAT BENEFITS ACCRUE TO US FROM HIS HUMANITY?
The benefits accruing to us from the humanity of Jesus Christ are very many. We can only list a few of them.
(a) He hungered (Matt. 4:2). Because Jesus knew the pangs of hunger that is why He is ever so ready to feed the hungry. (b) He once became weary (Jn.4:6) so He understands that we can be weary and always ready to renew our strength (Isa. 40:30-31). Not only was He weary once, He knows the need for sleep (Matt. 8:24). That is why He always gives His beloved sleep. (Ps. 127:2). That is why He watches over us not only during the day time but also at night when we sleep. (Ps. 121:4). (c) He is compassionate (Matt. 9:36) because He knew how much the flesh can endure. He being a man of sorrows knows how to sympathize with those in sorrows, Jn. 11:33, 35. Thank God that our Lord is human!

CONCLUSION?
If Jesus had been God only, it would have been difficult for Him to fully appreciate our problems as human beings made of flesh and blood. But because He is also human, we can take all our problems to Him as an understanding friend. What a friend we have in Jesus! (Jn. 15:13).

QUESTIONS
1. What makes a body human? Does Jesus qualify?
2. List some laws of human development that Jesus followed?
3. List some benefits we gain from the humanity of Jesus?
4. If Jesus had been only God, could He have died for us?

FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more about Him: Mk. 10:21, Jn. 11:35, Matt. 14:23, Heb. 4:15, Heb. 7:14, Gal. 4:4-5.

 
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