The Person of Christ: Humanity

How is Jesus fully God and fully man, yet one person?
  1. Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man in one person, and will be so forever.
  2. Virgin Birth – Matthew 1:18-20
    1. Salvation ultimately must come from the Lord, not human effort.
    2. Jesus was fully human, not sent down fully baked.
    3. Jesus was fully God, not inheriting sin – Luke 1:35
  3. Human Weakness and Limitations
    1. Jesus had a human body
      1. Jesus was a baby, grew as a child – Luke 2:40-52
      2. Jesus was tired, hungry, thirsty, slept – John 4:6
      3. He was weak, and died. – Luke 23:46
      4. Jesus has scars – Luke 24:39
    2. Jesus had a human mind
      1. Jesus “increased in wisdom” – Luke 2:52
      2. Jesus doesn’t know the day or hour he will return – Mark 13:32
    3. Jesus had a human soul and human emotions
      1. His soul was troubled – John 12:27
      2. He marveled, wept.
    4. People near Jesus saw him only as a man
      1. Matthew 13:53-58
  4. Sinless – 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15
  5. Was Jesus’ full humanity necessary?
    1. For representative obedience – Romans 5:18-19, 1 Cor. 15:45-47
    2. To be a substitute sacrifice – Hebrews 2:16-17
    3. To be the One mediator between God and men – 1 Timothy 2:5
    4. To be our example and pattern in life – 1 John 2:6
    5. To sympathize as High Priest – Hebrews 4:15-16
    6. Jesus will be a man forever
      1. Flesh and bones – Luke 24:39
      2. Ate food – Luke 24:41-42
      3. Jesus will return as he left – Acts 1:11
      4. Like a son of man – Revelation 1:13

Application

  1. Are there specific ways in which you now think of Jesus as being more like you than you did before? In what ways?
  2. How can a clearer understanding of Jesus’ humanity help you face temptations?
    1. How can it help you pray?
  3. What are the most difficult situations in your life right now? Can you think of any similar situations that Jesus might have faced?
    1. Does that encourage you to pray confidently to him?
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