It is hard for some to wrap their heads around that Jesus was both God and man, fully God and fully man. While He was among us on earth, Jesus was fully human. He was born to a woman. He grew up just like you and I. He became angry and distressed. He sought answers and asked questions. He thirsted and hungered. He was tempted by Satan, and I am sure He was tempted throughout his life. He befriended Martha, Mary and Lazarus. He knew the love of friendship and the joy of company. He worked hard and rested to rejuvenate and contemplate. He suffered terribly and experienced pain.
We celebrated Easter a little while where we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. I know that Jesus died for me. He redeemed all of us through His blood sacrifice that covered for the last time and completely the sins of all man before, then, now and forever. As much as I appreciate what Jesus did for me, I am equally amazed and grateful that Jesus lived for me – lived as a man for me.
Like a worker has more respect for a manager who worked their way through the ranks because even though they are not in the trenches they know what it was like to be in the trenches. Jesus knows and has experienced the temptations, drives and emotions of being human. Satan tempted Jesus with the most basic of drives: hunger, pride, ambition, riches and greed.
How human was Jesus? Jesus was fully human. He was born like us, He even looked like us. He probably wasn’t the tall, blonde, blue-eyed European that I have seen in a lot of pictures. I have no idea what Jesus looked like. He did not walk around with a halo levitating a few inches above His head. Before Jesus was arrested, Judas told the guards that he would kiss Jesus so that the guards could know which man was Jesus. So He must have looked very much like the other Jewish men in attendance. He died for us. He could have used the immense powers available to Him to keep Himself safe. But He came here for a purpose, to live for us, to deliver a message and to give His human life as a final sacrifice to redeem all of us.
Jesus was fully God. He was resurrected and returned to his previous glory and lives forever. Jesus had a dual nature. Paul, in his letter to the Philipians, in Chapter 2: 5 – 11 NIV, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
God knows that we are imperfect. He created us with an incredible gift called “free will”. That means that we make decisions all the time, both good and bad. Jesus became the “perfect” sacrifice for the “imperfect” us. Jesus suffered horribly in the end, rejected, dejected and betrayed. He knows how you feel. He knows what drives you. He knows your struggles and hardships. Jesus loves you now and always.
Jesus became human so that He can know me. For this I am grateful. Jesus died so that I can have a way to dwell with God. For this I am thankful. I have accepted that He loved me so much that all this was done for me. For this I am forgiven. I make mistakes, I will continue to make mistakes but I know Jesus understands and I take comfort in this and seek his understanding. Please know that you are never alone. Know that Jesus is always there for you.