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Title: The Humanity of Jesus: Jesus became a man


1
The Humanity of JesusJesus became a man for
us!Message 2 in our 3-part series called The
Miracle of His Coming.
  • Sunday, December 12, 2010
  • Speaker Doug Virgint

2
Four passages
  1. John 114 the Word became flesh
  2. Philippians 25-9 nature of God, nature of a
    servant
  3. Hebrews 15 two natures are one hypostatic
    union
  4. Philippians 321 still a man

3
Four passages
  1. John 114 the Word became flesh
  2. Philippians 25-9 nature of God, nature of a
    servant
  3. Hebrews 15 two natures are one hypostatic
    union
  4. Philippians 321 still a man

4
The humanity of Jesus
  • The Word became flesh
  • and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his
    glory,
  • the glory of the one and only Son, who came from
    the Father,
  • full of grace and truth.
  • (John 114)

5
The humanity of Jesus
  • The Word
  • refers to the eternal Son of God
  • in the beginning He was always God
  • (en arché same as Genesis 11)
  • co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit
  • He was Spirit - had no material substance
  • in perfect harmony fellowship - Trinity

6
The humanity of Jesus
  • became
  • He did not cease to be God
  • He did not forsake his divine nature
  • He took on human nature in addition to his
    divine nature
  • divinity and humanity were not mutually
    exclusive
  • He did not have to pick and choose
  • The Eternal Word became a man

7
The humanity of Jesus
  • flesh
  • does not refer here only to the human body
  • all that makes up a man body, mind,
    emotions and will
  • everything united to humanity was united to
    the Son of God
  • The eternal Son of God did not become like
    man he became a true man

8
The humanity of Jesus
  • flesh
  • For this reason he had to be made like them,
    fully human in every way (Heb 217)

9
The humanity of Jesus
  • But why
  • full of grace and truth
  • He became a man for us and for our
    salvation (Athanasius, 296-373)
  • the word became flesh to save us from our sin
    and to free us to marvel at and enjoy the unique
    union of divinity and humanity
  • He did it for us !

10
Four passages
  1. John 114 the Word became flesh
  2. Philippians 25-9 nature of God, nature of a
    servant
  3. Hebrews 15 two natures are one hypostatic
    union
  4. Philippians 321 still a man

11
The humanity of Jesus
  • Christ Jesus Who, being in very nature God,
       did not consider equality with God something
    to be used to his own advantage rather, he
    made himself nothing    by taking the very
    nature of a servant,    being made in human
    likeness. And being found in appearance as a
    man,    he humbled himself    by becoming
    obedient to death       even death on a cross!
  • (Philippians 2 5-9)

12
The humanity of Jesus
  • Being in very nature God
  • nature (form) morphe
  • different words in Greek for form
  • morphe means essential form
  • schema means outward appearance
  • here the word is morphe - essential,
    intrinsic attributes
  • Everything God the Father is, Christ is!

13
The humanity of Jesus
  • Taking the very nature of a servant
  • nature this same word morphe
  • servant doulos slave
  • this word slave is the very proof of his
    humanity
  • the lowest form of humanity!
  • He was as much man as He was God

14
The humanity of Jesus
  • He made himself nothing
  • He emptied himself, divested himself
  • himself is emphatic voluntary!
  • not of his divine nature that is impossible
  • stripped himself of the insignia of majesty
  • But of what did He empty himself?

15
The humanity of Jesus
  • temporarily divested himself of 5 things
  • His divine glory
  • His independent divine authority
  • His voluntary exercise of some of his divine
    attributes
  • His eternal riches
  • His unique, intimate, and face-to-face
    relationship with his heavenly Father

16
The humanity of Jesus
  • Found in appearance as a man
  • He was wrapped in swaddling clothes
  • He grew up
  • He had brothers and sisters
  • He learned a trade
  • He was hungry, thirsty, weary, sleepy
  • He grieved and became angry
  • He wept

17
The humanity of Jesus
  • Found in appearance as a man
  • He dressed like ordinary men
  • He lived like ordinary men
  • He followed the customs of ordinary men!
  • and He died !

18
The humanity of Jesus
  • Death on a cross
  • such a death was shameful
  • such a death was humiliating
  • such a death was painful
  • and He did this for us !

19
The humanity of Jesus
  • Found in appearance as a man
  • This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God
    Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ
    has come in the flesh is from God, but every
    spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not
    from God. (1 John 42-3)

20
Four passages
  1. John 114 the Word became flesh
  2. Philippians 25-9 nature of God, nature of a
    servant
  3. Hebrews 15 two natures are one hypostatic
    union
  4. Philippians 321 still a man

21
The humanity of Jesus
  • The Son is the radiance of Gods glory
  • and the exact representation of his being,
  • sustaining all things
  • by his powerful word.
  • (Hebrews 13)

22
The humanity of Jesus
  • His being (KJV person)
  • being hypostasis
  • The hypostatic union

23
The humanity of Jesus
  • The hypostatic union
  • The joining of the divine and the human in
    the one person of Jesus.
  • The personal union of Jesus two natures.
  • Jesus two natures are perfectly united in
    his one person.

24
The humanity of Jesus
  • The hypostatic union
  • His two natures are without confusion, without
    change, without division, without separation
    (Chalcedonian Creed 451)
  • In this one person God-man, we find an admirable
    conjunction of diverse excellencies. (Jonathan
    Edwards)
  • Jesus is one !

25
The humanity of Jesus
  • The hypostatic union
  • This means Jesus is one focal point for our
    worship.
  • Because of this hypostatic, one-person union,
    Jesus Christ exhibits an unparalleled
    magnificence. No one person satisfies the complex
    longings of the human heart like the God-man.

26
The humanity of Jesus
  • God has made the human heart in such a way that
    it will never be eternally content with that
    which is only human. Finitude cant slake our
    thirst for the infinite.

27
The humanity of Jesus
  • And yet, in our finite humanity, we are
    significantly helped by a point of correspondence
    with the divine. God was glorious long before he
    became a man in Jesus. But we are human beings,
    and unincarnate deity doesnt connect with us in
    the same way as the God who became human. The
    conception of a god who never became man (like
    Allah) will not satisfy the human soul like the
    God who did .

28
The humanity of Jesus
  • And beyond just gazing at the spectacular person
    of Jesus, there is also the amazing gospel-laced
    revelation that the reason Jesus became the
    God-man was for us. His fully human nature joined
    in personal union to his eternally divine nature
    is permanent proof that Jesus, in perfect harmony
    with his Father, is undeterrably for us. He has
    demonstrated his love for us in that while we
    were still sinners, he took our nature to his one
    person and died for us.

29
Four passages
  1. John 114 the Word became flesh
  2. Philippians 25-9 nature of God, nature of a
    servant
  3. Hebrews 15 two natures are one hypostatic
    union
  4. Philippians 321 still a man

30
The humanity of Jesus
  • A Saviour from there (heaven)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ, who,
  • by the power that enables him
  • to bring everything under his control,
  • will transform our lowly bodies
  • so that they will be like his glorious body.
  • (Philippians 321)

31
The humanity of Jesus
  • Jesus is still a man with a body!
  • after the resurrection Jesus ascended in the
    flesh in which He suffered. (Justin Martyr 168)
  • Jesus is still sitting there at the right hand
    of the Father, man, yet God . . . flesh and
    blood, yet purer than ours.
    (Tertullian 225)
  • that one grand and health-giving miracle of
    Christs ascension into heaven with the flesh in
    which he rose. (Augustin 430)

32
The humanity of Jesus
  • Jesus is still a man with a body!
  • Jesus returned to heaven in the self samyn body
    . (John
    Knox 1572)
  • that Christs humanity is to all eternity...a
    clothing which He does not put off. It is his
    temple which He does not leave. It is the form
    which He does not lose. (Karl Barth 1968)
  • He is still the image of the invisible God!

33
Conclusion
  • Because of his humanity, he is our perfect
    mediator
  • For there is one God and one mediator between God
    and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy
    215)
  • He mediates between God and us !

34
Conclusion
  • Because of his humanity, he has conquered death
    for us
  • Since the children have flesh and blood, he too
    shared in their humanity so that by his death he
    might break the power of him who holds the power
    of death that is, the devil and free those
    who all their lives were held in slavery by their
    fear of death. (Hebrews 214)
  • We need no longer fear death !

35
Conclusion
  • Because of his humanity, he can be our
    intercessor in heaven
  • For this reason he had to be made like them,
    fully human in every way, in order that he might
    become a merciful and faithful high priest in
    service to God, Because he himself suffered
    when he was tempted, he is able to help those who
    are being tempted. (Hebrews 217)
  • He can help us win over temptation !

36
Conclusion
  • Because of his humanity, God can forgive our sins
  • For this reason he had to be made like them,
    fully human in every way, in order that he might
    become a merciful and faithful high priest in
    service to God, and that he might make atonement
    for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 217)
  • Our sins can be forgiven !

37
The humanity of Jesus
  • Jesus became a man
  • for us!
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