Text: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself (the resurrected Christ Jesus); handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.”
“Wherefore when He (Christ Jesus) cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldst not, but a Body hast Thou prepared Me…by the which…we are sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Good morning, believing Christian! You have been given God’s gift of true believing faith, thus you exercise this great gift daily when studying the Scriptures, and digest God’s truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God, you do well, true Christian friend.
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) (Habakkuk 2:4)
The Humanity of Christ: The humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ is the doctrine that declares that the Lord Jesus had a true human body and a reasonable human soul.
He is called ‘…the seed of the woman…’ (Genesis 3:15)
He was ‘…the seed of David…’ (Romans 1:3)
He was called a ‘…man…’ (1 Timothy 2:5)
One of His titles is ‘…the Son of Man…’ (Matthew 13:37)
Yet, sadly not all who read about the Lord Jesus believe in His true humanity! Of course, not all have been given God’s gift of believing faith!
“He had a true human body. This was plainly laid down by the inspired apostles in opposition to some Gnostics, the Docetae, who held that the body of Christ was merely a phantom and not real flesh and blood. Matthew 24:39; John 20:27, and many other Scriptures destroy such a myth.
“He had a reasonable soul. This contradicts the ancient heresy of Apollinariansim. (See Matthew 26:38; Mark 6:6; Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9)
“Sorrow and wonder are rational emotions, proper to man, but not to God.” (Shedd) I.e., they are positive proof that the Lord Jesus had a true human soul.” (Dictionary of Theological Terms by Alan Cairns page 179, published by Ambassador Productions, Ltd)
Bible scholars like thee and me who have been graciously granted God’s gift of genuine Christian faith, have only to read verse six of today’s selected Journey in John’s Gospel to fully accept the truth of Christ’s humanity. We don’t need to be accomplished theologians, nor highly educated theological professors to know for certain the Divine truths we read. Praise God it is so!
God’s Word says it - we accept it as His truth. Amen - it is truth, Lord God! (John 17:17)
“Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well; and it was about the sixth hour.” (John 4:6)
Would the Almighty Lord God in His Divinity alone be ‘…wearied…’ with such a puny journey? Would He Who Created the universe, the earth, and all Creation in a mere six days allow a journey from Judaea to
Galilee to sap His omnipotent strength? I think not.
It was the human nature of Christ Jesus that felt the exact same weariness that you and I would feel in the circumstances. We have been redeemed by the God-man - Jesus Christ - Who can relate and sympathise with every human feeling and failing we have for, in His incarnation, He was truly human as well as truly Divine. Glory to His altogether lovely Name!
“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore (knowing the humanity of Christ Jesus) come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16) (John 14:18)
Jesus thirsted; Jesus hungered; Jesus grew weary; Jesus wept; Jesus rejoiced; Jesus was tempted more than any man; Jesus suffered infinite sufferings - praise God, He suffered for you and for me! Can anyone doubt therefore, the true humanity of our beloved Saviour, Christ Jesus? Even the devils believe and tremble in fear. Glory to the God-man, Jesus the risen Christ!
Thought: God became man that man might become as God - hallelujah!