Jesus Was Human

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Recently someone asked me about a particular verse that I had not looked at in a while. It was in regards to Jesus’ humanity. That prompted this little thought. Right now we are in the Christmas season and we go, go, go…until we can’t go anymore. If you are like me…you stay extremely busy during these days and it is easy to do 2 things: (1) Lose sight of what the season is all about – JESUS; and (2) Remember that we are human (as was Jesus) and that we have limitations.

Yes, Jesus was human. He was fully God, and fully human at the same time. This was only possible because of the miraculous conception. The only time in human history in which the pregnancy of a virgin girl (Mary) came about because of the involvement of the Eternal Spirit of God. This is the most incredible happening in human history – it really is what Christmas is all about! That God loved humanity so much, that He became one of us and lived among us to then pave the way for us to live forever with Him – through His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave…followed by His spirit being placed in us through the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38-39).

So my humanity sometimes catches up with me as it has the past few days. I realize that I have way too many “irons in the fire” and it is time to take a deep breath and pray earnestly for God’s help. This reminded me of this verse I wanted to study on – Mark 13:32 (KJV).

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Even Jesus human nature had limits:

Jesus, in His divine nature, had no limits, but in His human nature He had limits. The divine nature is unlimited while the human nature is limited.

John 14:10

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

The Son had limits with respect to miracles. The Father had no limits. It was not the Son who did the miracles, it was the power in the Son – the Father.

Matthew 9:6

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

The Son of Man cannot forgive sins. He has the power (Divine) to forgive sin. As a man he had limits in respect to forgiveness of sins. As God in the Son He forgave sins and did miracles.

Mark 13:32

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Here, the Son had limits to His knowledge, but the Father had no limits to His knowledge. God knew and knows all things.
Jesus, in the days of His flesh, prayed because His human nature had limits and He needed strength from the Spirit of God Who indwelt Him (Hebrews 5:7). As man He prayed to the eternal Spirit. He was not praying to Himself, but to the eternal Spirit that indwelt Him. It was His human nature praying to His divine nature.

The dual nature of Jesus Christ was human and divine. As human, He had limits. As divine, He was unlimited. As human, He prayed. As divine, He answered prayer. As human, He had limited knowledge. As divine, He was omniscient. He was fully God and He was fully man. As man, He did not forgive sins, but as God, He can forgive all sins. As man, Jesus grew in stature; as God, His is all in all. As man, He slept in the boat because He was tired; as God, He commanded the winds and the seas to be still and nature obeyed.

He was fully man in respect to human nature; He was fully God in respect to divine nature!

For those who think that this verse or these verses mean that there MUST BE more than ONE GOD, or that GOD is in three persons (the statement of the Holy Trinity) – let me ask a few questions to challenge that based on these verses. Almost every one that adheres to the doctrine of the Trinity says the three persons of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful.

“God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the same person as the Son, the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as the Father. They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons, yet, they are all the one God. Each has a will, can speak, can love, etc. These are demonstrations of personhood. They are in absolute perfect harmony consisting of one substance. They are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful. If any one of the three were removed, there would be no God.”     – Matt Slick  (CARM)

Before you get worked up, I am not necessarily trying to start a debate. I am just merely stating what the common beliefs are today of “mainstream Christianity.” So here are my questions that reflect off of Mark 13:32…if you want to use it to prove that there are three persons, and not just the dual nature of Christ as I have already discussed. How can the Son, not know as much as the Father? If they are equal, wouldn’t they know the same amount? Based on this logic, how does ONLY the Father know and not the Holy Spirit as well? If they are separate and distinct – yet equal, wouldn’t they all know they day and the hour of the second coming?

Ok, so I think you can clearly see that Jesus being fully God and fully man easily explains this verse best. Which reminds me that I am fully human myself and I must depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me everyday and to not try to live outside my humanity – even during the holidays!

God Bless you, Have a Blessed Christmas Season – always remembering the reason for the season!

— A.J. Dummitt, Lead Pastor of theCrossroads

 

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