“The Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us”
Jesus was both fully God and fully Man.
- He was born to a human mother through the Holy Spirit
- Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35
- His human ancestry reaches back to David, Abraham and Adam
- Matthew 1: 1 – 17; Luke 3: 23 – 38
- He grew and learned as a human, obeying His human parents
- Luke 2:51-52
- He grew hungry and needed to eat (Matthew 4:22) and thirsty and in need of drink (John 4:7). He was weary after travelling (John 4:6) and He needed sleep and refreshment (Matthew 8:24).
- He endured Satan’s temptation
- Luke 4:1-13
- He had the normal human emotions of love and compassion (Matthew 9:36), anger (Matthew 21:13, Mark 3:5), He wept (John 11:35) and experienced inner agony (John 12:27).
- He died and was buried like all humans
- Luke 23:44-56
It is because Jesus was fully human that He could represent us on the cross and die on our behalf. And it is because of it that He is also enabled to fully understand and sympathise with us, recognise the power of temptation and minister God’s love and mercy to us as the “High Priest forever.”
“For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For 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. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:16-18)
God is not an impassive observer of our little lives. He became as one of us, associating fully with us in His baptism, walking our roads, breathing our air, working our work, touching our lives and allowing us to touch His. In becoming fully man He becomes more fully real – so that John could write,
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete” (1 John 1:1-4)
He knows me because He has been me
Lord Jesus You understand who I am, the way that I feel and the joys and agonies of my life. Please touch my life with Your life and help me to receive all that You are and all that You have done for me. Amen.