JESUS IS A MAN

 

Do you believe Jesus is a man just like you and me?  I use the word man not to refer to gender, but as a description of the human race.  Do you believe that Jesus was human just like you and me?  Growing up in religion, I certainly did not have a revelation that Jesus had the same body (flesh and blood), spirit and soul as myself. 

Flesh and Blood

Jesus was one with God, but in obedience to the Father, he emptied himself of his heavenly privileges and came to the earth as a man.  Philippians chapter 2 states:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: (v5)

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  (v6)

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (V 7)

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (v8)

Jesus humbled himself and took on the nature of man and a servant.  He was obedient to the Father and only did His will.  He spoke only the Father's words and did only the Father's works.   The words he spoke and the miracles he did were manifestations of the power of God working through him.  Jesus made it clear, it was not him doing the works.

He had to trust the Father to put words in his mouth.  Isaiah prophesied about Jesus in chapter 50:

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:  he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. (v4)

The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. (5)

The Father spoke to Jesus every day and he (Jesus) was not rebellious (disobedient or self-willed).

When he walked on the earth he appeared to be a man to those around him.  Stated another way, when he walked on the earth, the people saw a man; they did not say when they saw him, “Here comes God!”  In Mark chapter 6, Jesus returned unto his own country;

And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? (v2)

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?  And they were offended at him.  (v3)

For the first 30 years of his life, he was just another Jewish son, brother and a carpenter.  It wasn't until he was baptized in the Holy Spirit at about age 30, that he began walking in the power of God and the religious people became offended at him.

When Pilate took him before the Jewish elders, it is recorded in John chapter 19;

Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.  (v4)

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe.  And Pilate saith unto to them, Behold the man!  (v5)

Again, he appeared as a man, not as God posing as a man.  He was the son of God, but he was born of a woman.  Just as God created the universe out of nothing, He caused Mary to conceive by His power and Jesus spent nine months in his mother's womb developing as a human embryo until he was born.  He was no different than you or me except for one thing.  He never sinned.  He always did the Father's will, never his own.  It is recorded that even at age 12 he was about his Father's business.  (Luke 2:41-52).  We sin because we are not always doing the Father's will.   Jesus knew who he was, but he referred to himself many times as the son of man.

The Soul of Man

Jesus was born with the same soul as we have.   That is, he was born with a soul that was cursed because of the sin of Adam.   The prophet Habakkuk is prophesying about Jesus when he wrote in chapter 2;

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:  but the just shall live by his faith. (v4)

His soul was lifted up when God raised him from the dead, but while on the earth it was not upright in him.  He had the same sin nature that we all received from Adam.  However, he never sinned because he lived by faith in the Father, trusted in Him and only did His will.  The writer of Hebrews speaking about Jesus wrote in chapter 4;

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession. (v14)

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted  like as we are, yet without sin.  (v15)

Jesus was tempted with every temptation that faces mankind today.   Not just the three temptations that are recorded in Luke chapter 4, but EVERY temptation that we also face.  He just never yielded to the temptation.

James explained how temptation can lead to sin in chapter 1;

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  (v12)

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  (v13)

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  (v14)

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth for death.  (v15)

Satan tempts us by enticing the lusts (desires) in our hearts.  If we yield to this we fall into sin and then death (we are cut off from God, or a spiritual death).  Just as Jesus never yielded to temptation, neither should we.  If we are obeying God, it can't happen.  God will not tempt us and cause us to sin.

Spirit of a man

Jesus also had the spirit of a man.  However, he also had the Spirit of the Lord (one of the seven spirits of God described in Isaiah chapter 11 verse 2).  This anointing and the will to obey the Father, kept him out of sin.  When we are born again and receive Jesus into our hearts, that same spirit is in us and if we trust in it, we too can avoid falling into temptation and sin.   Again, Jesus made it clear it was God working and not himself.

After Jesus overcame Satan in the wilderness, he returned to Nazareth and entered into the synagogue and as it was his custom, he read from the scriptures as recorded in Luke chapter 4:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,, (v18)

To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  (v19).

Jesus referred to the gospel, yet the first four books of the new testament hadn't been written yet (the so-called gospels).   The Gospel is defined in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God" and in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 as the "death, burial and resurrection of Jesus".  Jesus was preaching the power of God that would be manifested in his being raised from the dead.  The same power that brings healing and deliverance.

Is God Unjust?

If Jesus had not emptied himself of all his heavenly authority and walked on the earth as a man, God would have been unjust.  Jesus is our example and we are to walk as he walked (1John 2:6), but how can we walk after a being with supernatural ability?  We can't.  How can we be judged with God as our standard.  We won’t be. God in not unjust.  He sent Jesus as a perfect sacrificial lamb who had to rely entirely on the power of God working through him to accomplish the works while on earth and to trust in that power to raise him from hell and death.  How is Jesus our example?  He only did the Father's will.  If we only do the Father's will, then Jesus is our example and we will reign and rule on this earth as kings and priests.  We will rule as a king over Satan and offer sacrifices of thanksgiving to God as part of the royal priesthood.  How was he able to do this since he had the flesh and soul of a man?  He humbled himself.  God didn't humble him.

God grants grace to the humble and will bring down a prideful soul.  To humble oneself, is to submit to the will of God.  So we are without excuse for not obeying God.   Jesus obeyed the Father and did not sin.  We as Christians, have the spirit of Jesus in us and he will not lead us to sin.  We are to simply walk on this earth as did that man Jesus, that is being led by the Holy Spirit and only doing the Father’s will.

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