BIBLE READING|JOHN 1:12-15
Jesus’ existence didn’t begin with His conception or birth, but pre-existed creation, as all things were made by Him, and for Him. Jesus was both with God and God Himself. The plurality within the Godhead makes it possible for God to be intrinsically a ‘God of Love’. That Jesus is both God and human is a mystery beyond our limited experience. Yet no other explanation upholds all the Scripture says about Jesus Christ.
Understanding this essential truth is more than an intellectual exercise. It involves appreciating the great depths of God’s love for us. The New Testament also insists that Jesus is in every sense a human being, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14). When Jesus took on humanity, this was an addition to His divine nature, not a subtraction of His divinity. Thus everything He taught, He taught with authority, including creation and the flood.
Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus operating within the confines of human flesh. He was born of a woman and grew up in a human family. He often got tired, he was hungry. At the end of His life, suffering the excruciating pain of crucifixion, he cried out in a human way, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46).
This mysterious nature of our Saviour continues as He intercedes for us in heaven: “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Scripture thus implies that Jesus continues to be fully God and fully human. Herein lies a great mystery of the Christian faith.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for taking up the human nature and dying for my sins.
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