Which is more reasonable to you:
- Jesus is God.
- Jesus is Human.
Most of us will admit readily that we tend to think of Jesus more as God than we do think of Him as human. But guess what? That’s what Christmas is all about! That God—who is Eternal Spirit (without beginning or end)—entered into humanity as a baby.
He pooed like Baby Pelumi poos. He spoke baby language like Ododo is speaks. He probably got playful when he saw other babies like when Oba sees Esther. He probably had pimples when he reached puberty. He may have been tone-deaf or colour-blind. Perhaps a girl down the street had a crush on him or vice-versa. He had to make difficult choices like you and I do daily and He faced the same temptations as we do. One thing’s for sure: he was, while completely divine, completely human. Not only did He have—and still has—a fully human body, but also a fully human heart, mind, and will. So, this Christmas, let’s draw near to explore His Humanity and see what that means for us today…
THE HUMANITY OF JESUS
His HUMAN BODY
- John 1:14 tells us that “The Word became flesh.”
- In fact, one of the first heresies in the early church was about this (1 John 4:2; 2 John 7).
- He was born (Luke 2:7).
- He grew (Luke 2:40, 52).
- He grew tired (John 4:6).
- He got thirsty (John 19:28).
- He got hungry (Matthew 4:2).
- He became physically weak (Matthew 4:11; Luke 23:26).
- He died (Luke 23:46).
- And he had a real human body after his resurrection (Luke 24:39; John 20:20, 27).
His HUMAN HEART
Heart is the seat of emotions…and Jesus clearly displays human emotions.
- When Jesus heard the centurion’s words of faith, “he marvelled” (Matthew 8:10).
- He says in Matthew 26:38that his “soul is very sorrowful, even to death.”
- In John 11:33–35, Jesus is “deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled,” and even weeps.
- John 12:27says, “Now is my soul troubled”
- And in John 13:21, he is “troubled in his spirit.”
- The author to the Hebrews writes that “Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7).
His HUMAN MIND
Jesus also has a human mind.
- Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
- “Concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
- Human minds are not omniscient. Paradoxical as it is, the Scriptures plainly affirm that Jesus both knows all things as God and doesn’t know all things as man.
His HUMAN WILL
Jesus not only has a divine will, but also a human will.
- “I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38)
- Jesus prays to the Father, “Not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Jesus did not just take on human flesh for 33½ years. He actually ascended to heaven in glorified human flesh—the kind of flesh we will get when Jesus comes again. As such He’s in heaven right now as a man—truly man and truly God. That’s why Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, THE MAN Christ Jesus.”
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US TODAY?
- That the price for our Salvation has been fully paid.
- That you can relate with Jesus on a deeper and more intimate level—the same way you relate with a Physical Best Friend.
- That there is nothing that you will ever go through—or any temptation that you will ever fall into—that Jesus will not understand. (Hebrew 4:15-16)
- That you can be like Jesus—going about doing good. (Acts 10:38) #SpiritOfChristmas
Jesus is like us in every respect — human body, heart, mind, and will — except for sin (Hebrews 2:17; 4:15). Jesus took a human body to save our bodies. And he took a human mind to save our minds. Without becoming man in his emotions, he could not have rescued our hearts. He became man in full, so that he might save us in full. He is a truly marvellous Saviour.