Lent devotional 28
Jesus is human
Christ entered into our world, in result we can enter His-Max Lucado
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 NIV
Jesus came into our world as a human man. Why was it important for Christ to be human and God? Because, as we covered last week, if He was not God His death could not take away our sins, but if He was not man He couldn’t die. Devine beings are imortal, even in faéry tales. Our God who is real, is also immortal, He had to accept human mortality to be able to be killed by men. Jesus felt us in our weakness and loved us in our vulnerability. He knew He was going to be weak and vulnerable as a man, but He would also still have His power as God. Confused? Good. If we could understand God He wouldn’t be beyond our understanding, which He Himself claims to be.
Some felt that Jesus only appeared to be a man but was really just God in human form. But Jesus did things and felt things that only a man could feel and do. The disciples mentioned that Jesus was man but they don’t really go too much into it because to them it was obvious. They watched him eat, sleep, sneeze, so on; it was easy for them to grasp that he was a man it was difficult for them to grasp that he was also God. The man they could see, the God part they had to believe.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
When Jesus wept over Jerusalem and got angry at the salesman in the temple those were things that a God could do also, but he also got tired and needed time away from people; he also needed sleep and rest. Jesus felt pain and anguish, he had great distress before the cross while he was in the garden, these are very human things to feel, things that a God wouldn’t feel.
Another clear sign that Jesus is mad is that he can empathize with us because he was also tempted in every way as we are. In fact, he understands better than anyone, because he never sinned his suffering would have been more. He suffered the same Temptations as us but never gave into them.
But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”
John 19:33-37 NIV
The cardiologist looked into this and discovered that this really is what happens when a person dies oh, the blood is heavier than the water so it’s settled down into the chest cavity, so is pierced, the blood will come forth first and then the water. This is evidence of a human death.
Jesus was there, he died, they brought him down off the cross as a dead body. If he had been God and this had just been the appearance of death that would have been one thing, but he was dead. Joseph of Arimathea came and got Jesus’s body and buried it in a tomb, he wasn’t pretending, so his disciples probably wished he were, but he was really gone. That he was able to die is the importance of the humanity of Jesus. Yes he ate and cried and that is evidence to, but the truly important thing is that he died. He had to die in our place for our sins to be taken away. He had to rise again so we could go with Him to Heaven some day. You can not have one and not the other