Jesus is the only God who gets off His throne to serve the people who never wanted Him on the throne in the first place. This is not man becoming God but rather God becoming man, coming to men, to save them – for Himself, by Himself. Because Jesus came to earth as a human, to save humans – this gives humanity hope – the only hope that can actually exist, because it is a hope that saves and sustains. But realistically, how human was Jesus?
The Bible tells us:
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Heb. 2:17-18)
The Incarnation of Jesus is the ultimate hope for humanity.
The great thing about the gospel is not that there is one way to God but rather that there IS a way to God.
The more I understand how human Jesus was, the more I am able to see that He cares for me greatly and loves me deeply. My sin may be deep, but Jesus’ love is deeper still. In fact, it is so great that God actually saves me to love me, forever.
I remind myself of this reality when I fail. When I make wrong decisions. When I fall short of what Jesus calls me to do. This is why it is of great encouragement to know that Jesus was very much like us. At the same time, He was very much un-like us. He knew no sin. This is why He can be our mediator between us sinful human beings and a Holy God.
So how human was Jesus?
Jesus had brothers and sisters (Matt. 13:55.)
Jesus got exhausted (Matt. 8:24; Mark 4:38; Luke 8:23–24; John 4:7.)
Jesus took naps (Mark 4:36–41.)
Jesus got hungry (Matt. 4:2; Mark 11:12; Luke 4:2.)
Jesus got thirsty (John 4:7; 19:18.)
Jesus worked at a regular job (Mark 6:3.)
Jesus had male and female friends (John 11:3–5.)
Jesus gave compliments (Mark 12:41–44.)
Jesus went to parties (Matt. 11:19.)
Jesus loved His mom (John 19:26–27.)
Jesus prayed (Matt. 14:23; Mark 1:35; 14:32–42; John 17)
Jesus was emotional (Matt. 23:37; Luke 19:41.)
Jesus was astonished (Mark 6:6; Luke 7:9.)
Jesus told jokes (Matt. 7:6; 23:24; Mark 4:21.)
Jesus wept (John 11:34–35.)
Do you know what I love about my friend Jesus? He is able to sympathize with my weakness. He is able to sympathize with your weakness. He has been tempted as we are, yet He remains without sin. This is why you and I can approach Jesus without shame and guilt – because He took upon Himself everything that was wrong with us and gave us everything that was right with Him.
Jesus gives us mercy and grace in a time of need. He is God with Us.
Question: What else would you add to this list? How does Jesus’ humanity encourage you?