The life of Jesus is unique because he was fully God and fully man. We affirm he is God but never at the expense of affirming he is also man. Only because Jesus shared wholly in our humanity is he able to be our perfect priest (one who mediates between God and man) and our pattern for life.
14 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— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 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. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18
Was Jesus human or “Superhuman”?
The Bible declares that Jesus came to us, as one of us, human in every way. He didn’t transcend the ordinary, daily living, but shared our complete human experience. Jesus was born a baby, grew in all aspects, and died. He experienced childhood’s weaknesses, puberty’s confusion, and adulthood’s frustrations. He hungered, thirsted, and fatigued. He wept, loved, and laughed. He even learned obedience through suffering and temptation.
If Jesus was superhuman you could admire him, but never emulate him. That’s why the Bible makes it so clear that Jesus chose to live entirely within his humanity (with exceptions like forgiving sin and receiving worship) as the true human who exemplified the Spirit-empowered life. He identified with us in every respect, yet remained sinless as he submitted himself to the Father’s will and the Spirit’s leading.
The significance of Jesus’ humanity for believers:
Jesus mediates for you as your priest—He “gets” you. He understands the limitations of a fallen body, the sting of injustice, the loss of loved ones, the abandonment and betrayal by friends, and the full weight of temptation (having never enjoyed the momentary pleasure/release you experience when sinning). He partook of everything you endure to be your priest. You can run to Jesus in your hour of trial and temptation knowing that he lives to mediate for you and pour out mercy upon you.
Jesus shows you how to live as your example—He exemplifies the possibilities of a Spirit-filled life. He didn’t “cheat” as a human by relying on his divinity to overcome Satan and sin. His life resulted from walking in radical dependence on the Spirit (the same Spirit believers have access to!) in full submission to the Father. If you call Jesus Savior, you must now follow him as Lord and example.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
Begin to live the way Jesus lived by daily submitting to the Father’s will and the Spirit’s leading!
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