This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist… (1 John 4.2-3)
since the first century, there have actually been those who believed that when God came to earth ‘as Jesus,’ it was a visual trick, that Jesus just appeared human, but that in fact, he was a vision of sorts. even today, there are those who ‘follow Jesus,’ but as an ‘idea,’ not as the man the Bible claims him to be.
in yesterday”s talk, we looked at scripture that defends our belief in Jesus as FULLY HUMAN, and why it matters.
I. WHY WE BELIEVE IT
1. Jesus Was Born of a Woman
Matthew and Luke Genealogies
Galatians 4.4 – when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
Philippians 2.6-8 – Jesus Christ… Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
2. Jesus Had a Human Body
he grew and became strong (Lk. 2.40)
he got tired (Jn. 4.6)
he got hungry (Mt. 3.2)
he got thirsty (Jn. 19.28)
he became weak (Lk. 23.26)
he died (Lk. 23.46)
3. Jesus Had a Human Mind
he increased in wisdom (he learned) – (Lk. 2.52 and Heb. 5.8-9)
he did not know all things, such as the day of his return (Mk. 13.32)
4. Jesus Had Human Emotions
he was troubled (Jn. 12.27 and 13.21)
he became fearful (Mt. 26.38)
he mourned and cried (Jn. 11.35)
he was shocked (Mt. 8.10)
he prayed emotionally (Heb. 5.70)
he was tempted (Mt. 4.1-11)
5. Jesus Was Considered Merely Human by Those Who Knew Him
Neighbors: “where did he get all this? we know him! he’s the carpenter!’ (Mk. 6.3)
Religious Leaders: “blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” (Jn. 10.33)
His Family: even his own brothers didn’t believe in him. (Jn. 7.5)
When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said. (Mk. 3.21)
6. Jesus Rose in Human Form
“Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” (Lk. 24.39)
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (Jn. 20.27)
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched. (Lk. 24.42)
II. WHY IT MATTERS
1. Jesus is both our Perfect High Priest and our Perfect Sacrifice
in the old testament system, forgiveness required sacrifice, blood, and death. seems barbaric to us today, but that was the system. Jesus’ death on the cross as a FULL and perfect human being takes away God’s wrath from all who place their faith in him.
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.1Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (Hebrews 2.14-15)
2. Jesus Understands and can Sympathize with our Weaknesses
Now seated at the right hand of God, still fully human, Jesus petitions God on our behalf, knowing what it’s like to live the lives we live.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4.14-16)