Jesus is both God and Man
by Gini Crawford, MSW
What has always surprised me was not that Jesus is God, but that Jesus Christ was willing to leave heaven, take on flesh and blood, and become one of us. Let's try to understand what it means that the God of the Universe became Man, if that is possible! I have this rubber ball that looks like the world. I can easily hold it in my hands, and crush it if I want to. I can do what I so desire to that rubber ball. God has much more power than that over us, and over the entire universe. His power, knowledge, and ways are so beyond ours! He spoke the world and everything in it into being. I can't even begin to comprehend how He could have created perfection, diversity, beauty, and the science of everything. God's creation is so beautiful even with the effects of sin upon it! I guess what I am trying to stress (and not doing a very good job), is that God is so above us, yet He was willing to step way, way down to our level, out of love for us and become one of us.
Why did Jesus become Man? He did this so He could represent us on the cross. In other words, as a man, he could be our substitute and die in our place. Have you ever thought about how awful it must have been for the God of the universe to step out of eternity to become one of us: to deal with sinful people and to die by one of the most tortuous deaths wicked humans could invent? And if that wasn't enough, God, whose character is completely absent of sin, whose whole being instinctively abhors sin, took our sin upon Himself! 2 Corinthians 5:21 paints this beautiful expression of God's love for us.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NASB®
Jesus was born to a virgin, Mary, about 2000 years ago. Read Matthew 1:18-2:23, which explains the birth of Jesus Christ. Read Philippians 2:5-8 and Hebrews 1:1-3, 2:14-18. Why did Jesus Christ have to take on flesh and blood? Did Jesus becoming like one of us, show His great love for us? Why?
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