Our Wonderful God

Fully God,
Fully Human

In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. He was in the beginning with God, All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made....

The WORD was made flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1,2,14

Christ is fully Divine

Col. 2.9 Christ-- in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

See also: The Majesty of Glory

"God was manifested in the flesh," 1 Tim 3:16

"We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory. Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." 1 Cor. 2:7,8

Yet He was also fully Human

He knew hunger. Matt. 4:2
He grew tired and needed sleep. Matt. 8:24
He willingly gave up human comforts to engage in His work. Luke 9:58
After a hot day of travel He was weary and thirsty. John 4:6
He longed for sympathy and comfort. Luke 22:39-46
He enjoyed special friendships. John 11:1-3, Luke 10:39-42
He was tempted. Hebrews 4:15 Matt. 4:3-10
He resisted temptation until blood formed upon His brow. Hebrews. 12:4, Luke 22:44
His greatest temptation was to give up the mission and return to heaven. Luke 22:42

Hebrews 5.7-10 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

He Overcame: Revelation 3.21
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

He was without sin! Hebrews 4:15

Christ, took the position at the head of humanity by taking the nature but not the sinfulness of man. In Him was no guile or sinfulness; He was ever pure and undefiled; yet He took our nature to identify with us. He did not "develop" a sinless character, He was sinless. But He learned "submission" -- He Who was the commander of heaven, He Whom angel's delighted to serve, lowered Himself to the form of an obedient servant, seeking and following the will of His heavenly FATHER, even to the death of the cross.

What was the Purpose of the Incarnation?

1. To reveal God to mankind

Matthew 11:27 "No One knows the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

John 1:14,18 "We beheld the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. ...No one has seen God at any time, only the Son, He has declared Him.

John 12:45 "He who has seen me (Jesus) has seen the Father.

1 Timothy 3.16 God was manifest in the flesh

Jesus was the Word Who was with God and was God in eternity. He took upon Himself humanity, but humanity does not have glory. When John with the others said they saw the GLORY, they recognized that here was SOMEONE divine, the Son of God born a human being. They saw His divine attributes manifested themselves through the veil of his human flesh.

God made manifest to mankind.

2. That He might die to redeem the fallen race.

1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,"

Isaiah 53:5-12 "We have all gone astray, and the Lord God has laid upon HIM the iniquity of us all...He was wounded for our transgressions..He was lead as a lamb to the slaughter..He was cut off from the land of the living... He made His soul an offering for sin...He shall see the labor of His soul and be satisfied. He...shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities...He bore the sin of many and to make intercession for the transgressors."

Hebrews 2:9 "We see Jesus, made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone."

Philippians 2:6 "Christ Jesus who, existing in God's form, did not consider his being equal with God a thing to be grasped but emptied himself in that he took the form of a servant in the likeness of men, lowered himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Hebrews 9.22 Without shedding of blood is no remission.
10.4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
10.12,14 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

1 John 2.2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Christ considered the mission and the work for which he assumed human nature a prioity, He did not consider His own status, but willingly emptied himself in order to redeem mankind.

For without the shedding of blood there is no remission from sin, and only Christ's own precious blood can cleanse us from those sins. The blood of created creatures can never cleanse us. ONLY CHRIST'S ONCE AND FOR ALL sacrifice can cleanse us.

3. To Show that God Himself is Willing to Obey in the Same Way Man is asked to Obey.

Hebrews 2:10-11 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Hebrews 5.8-9 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Hebrews says Christ is the captain, or pathfinder, of our salvation, as well as the author of our salvation. He has been over the way ahead of us, blazed the trail, charted the course. He knows and understands what it is like to be human, He is our brother having passed through the same sort of life events that we all encounter.
It was by becoming human and passing through human experiences, and dying the sacrificial death that HE became qualified to be the author of our salvation.
He who overcame in the fierce trials that Satan consistantly hurled at Him, stands ready to help us in the same sort of tests that we, too, may emerge successful.

Christ willingly accepted a dependent relationship with God the Father, the same relationship, which humans have to God.
John 5:30 I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

This was an inconceivably large condescension for Jesus Christ. He is God in the fullest and highest meaning of the word.

Now it is no longer possibly for angels or humans to accuse God-- and say, "For you it is an easy thing to be make the highest moral requirements of your subjects while you, yourself live above obedience and are all sufficient in yourself . You cannot understand our situation and all our difficulties, with which we have to fight, you don’t know what it’s like to be a created being that is "commanded" to obey, we do not trust you."
No, that charge is forever destroyed, for the Bible explains that Christ is tried "in everything like we, but without sin" (Heb. 4.15)
It was God, for Christ is fully God, who yet fully and completely took upon Himself humanity, refusing to use the power of His Divinity, and depending totally, as any human must, upon the Father.

His most severe temptation was to maintain complete humanity when He could have called upon His Divinity. This was the most severe discipline He faced.

"If you are the Son of God, show your power by relieving yourself of this hardship", these were the temptations Satan hurled at our Savior. In the recorded temptations, Satan assailed Christ with his strongest temptations in the wilderness. Jesus was "forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing; and when they were ended, He afterward hungered. And the devil said unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." Luke 4:2 Would the Son of God, the world's Redeemer, take up the challenge and prove to the apostate that He is indeed the Son of God, the Prince of heaven?
It was in His power to do so. The devil was pressing Him to use His Divine power. But Christ refuses to yield to the temptation and rise above the level of humanity. Instead He answers, "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:3
Thus confirming His commitment to live as a human in total dependance upon the Father.

At first it may seem that we aren't tempted in that line, but then ...

Isn't that really the basis of sinfulness in created beings, this striving to be one's own god, rather than yielding to the God's will?

Therefore, yes, Christ faced our same temptations, only for him it was "His rightful" place to be God, He had the ability, whereas we do not have that "rightful place" we are every bit dependant upon God for everything, yet we still want to be our own gods.

It is the temptation to walk outside of God's will that is sin. Christ overcame that temptation on a much greater level then we will ever face. But He overcame and is His strength, we to must overcome the greatest temptation which is to be our own gods.

4. That He might show how One connected with God can live a godly life.

Matt. 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.

John 13: 15 For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you. ...If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.

2 Peter 2:21 For this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth, who when reviled, did not revile in return, when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.

1 John 2:6 He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 3:8,9 The Son of God was manifested, ...whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him, he does not continue in sin because he has been born of God

When Jesus walked among men, He reached out to the sinners, lifting them up, forgiving and healing, and asking them to follow Him, and "sin no more".

He still reaches out and calls us to come to Him, and follow Him.

Luke 6.12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

The Majesty of heaven, as a human being on this earth, was often in earnest prayer. He was unsullied with corruption, a stranger to sin; yet He prayed, and that often with strong crying and tears. He prayed for His disciples and for Himself, thus identifying Himself with our needs, our weaknesses, and our failings, which are so common with humanity. He was a mighty petitioner, not possessing the passions of our human, fallen natures, but compassed with like infirmities, tempted in all points even as we are. Jesus endured agony which required help and support from His Father. Christ is our example.
He came to earth that He might show us by example a way whereby we can find grace and strength to help in every situation, by following His example in frequent, earnest prayer.

Christ, the beloved Teacher told us:
"Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
Yes, follow Him through the bad times as well as through the good. Follow Him in befriending the most needy and friendless. Follow Him in being forgetful of self, and moving out in acts of self-denial and self-sacrifice to do others good; following His example when reviled, reviling not again; manifesting love and compassion for the people enslaved in sin. Christ didn't count His life as something to hold, but gave it up for us all. Follow Him in loving service. He was our example. He tells you that if you would be His disciple you must take the cross, the despised cross, and follow Him.

5. To save us from our sins

Matthew 1:23 Call His name Emmanuel, for He will save His people from their sins.

1 Peter 2:24 Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness, by whose stripes we were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and OVERSEER of your souls

Luke 19:10 The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 1:29 Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

John 8.34,36 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the slave of sin.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Romans 6.16-18 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
But God be thanked, that you were the slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

Sin is bondage. Like Paul declares in Romans 6, --we were slaves to sin, but now we are freed from sin and become the servants of Christ. In Him is liberty and freedom from the guilt and bondage of sin. He will save FROM SIN's hold and power over us. He will write His law upon our hearts, so we serve Him in newness of life, if we are willing and follow Him

6. So He could be our HEAVENLY HIGH PRIEST.

Hebrews 2.17,18 It was imperative that he should be made like his brothers in every respect, if he were to become a High Priest, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered being tempted, he is able to help them that are tempted.

Hebrews 4.15-17 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 come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10.19-21 Therefore brethren we can come with boldness and enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
And having an high priest over the house of God;

Rev. 5.9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

With His blood He is now interceding for us. He is our representative, He is our salvation through His sacrifice, and He is our salvation through His intercessory ministry as our High Priest.

Let us human beings, as temptations assail us, remember that we have a high priest in the heavenly sanctuary, who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, because he himself was tempted. He too, in His humanity, was temptated to step outside of "God's will" and become His own god, outside of the will of the Father.
Even those in positions of responsibility and religious leadership, especially, need to remember that they are subject to temptation, and wholly dependent on the merits of the Saviour. No matter how "religiously orientated" their lives, they are still sinners, who can be saved only through the grace and intercession of Christ.

7. To destroy the devil, death and sin.

Hebrews 2:14,15 That through His death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

1 John 3:8 The devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil

We know that Satan is defeated. Yet he rages on, but someday death and sin and the instigator of sin will be destroyed forever, and there will be a new earth where sickness, crying, and suffering and death will be no more.

8. To Demonstrate God's True Character to the Whole Universe

Rev. 5:11-13 "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
and strength and honor and glory and blessings!

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea and all that are in them I heard saying:

Blessing and honor and glory and power be to HIM who sits on the the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

Rev. 19:1 "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments..:

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