Thought for the Month - December 2016
Christmas is close!!
The incarnation of the Saviour teaches us about His true and real humanity. “He was made in the likeness of men and took upon himself the fashion of a man” (Phil 2).
His humanity was real:-
While his birth was supernatural His development into manhood was natural and progressive. He experienced the normal human emotions and feelings – He wept for His friends (John 11), He expressed disappointment (Mark 4), He felt circumstances (john 12)
He knew physical limitations. He was weary with His journey (John 4), He knew hunger (Luke 4). He knew pain and bled when pierced.
His humanity was perfect:-
Hebrews 4 reminds us that He was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin. Peter says He did no sin, Paul says He knew no sin, John says in Him was no sin. Adam’s nature was initially innocent – Christ’s nature was Holy
His humanity was necessary:-
Firstly in order to fulfil Gods judgement on Satan in Genesis 3 – “the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent” and in His death “He destroys him that has the power of death and delivers them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” ( Hebrews 2)
Secondly for the redemption of the fallen race – without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sin so a man had to die and He has provided that one sacrifice for sin forever.
Thirdly in order that God might see some fruit in His creation and through this corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died there has been produced much fruit. In His life also “he did always those things that pleased the Father”
His humanity has implications for us;-
There is now a man in heaven with a body, albeit a glorified body. His presence there guarantees and secures our place in heaven too (john 14 v 24). His presence there provides power for His people on earth (John 14 v 12). His understanding of our circumstances is enhanced by His experiences here on earth (Hebrews 4 v 15).