He wasn’t fully God and partially human or fully human and partially God. No, Jesus was 100% human and 100% God.
In the past few weeks, Jesus’ humanity has taken on new meaning in my life (but I’ll explain more on that in a moment). First, let’s look at what the Bible tells us about Jesus’ humanity:
What The Bible Says About Jesus’ Humanity:
Jesus was born from a woman, just as you and I were (Luke 2:7).
Jesus grew tired and weak, just as we do (John 4:6).
Jesus became hungry when he wasn’t able to eat (Matthew 4:2).
Jesus grew and became stronger (Luke 2:40).
Jesus learned and grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52).
Jesus cried, just as we do (John 11:35).
Jesus prayed and cried out to His Father in heaven (Hebrews 5:7).
Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus died a real, physical death (Luke 23:46).
In all of these ways, Jesus was like us, and this reality is life-changing. Here’s why: when we’re feeling alone….wondering if anyone understands what we are going through, we can know-WITH CERTAINTY-that Jesus gets it.
He has been there.
Because Jesus was fully human, he understands fully what it’s like to be human.
He understands our struggles when we’re short on sleep. He understands our fears when facing death or pain. He understands our feelings of abandonment when God seems distant.
Two weeks ago, a friend of mine buried her five month old baby girl. Very unexpectedly, this baby became sick and passed away.
In tragic times like these, it’s easy to feel forgotten…to think no one could possibly understand what you’re going through. That is why Jesus’ humanity matters.
Jesus’ humanity reminds us He understands. Because he was fully human, he gets it. He gets you.
1 Timothy 2:5 say, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” When you don’t know what to pray…when you can’t come up with words to say to Him…you can trust Jesus is there, standing before God, as one Human representing another.
What aspect of Jesus’ humanity is an encouragement to you today?
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