Incarnation of Christ

1. Jesus is fully God

He knew things that most people cannot know.

  •  Thoughts of his friends (Luke 9:47).
  • Knew the thoughts of his enemies (Luke 6:8).
  • Knew Samaritan woman was living with a man & had already had five husbands.
  • Knew Lazarus was already dead.
  • Knew that Peter would deny him.

Jesus seemed to know the past, present, and the future.

Jesus did things that were beyond human abilities

  •  Walked on water
  •  Healed people
  •  Multiplied food
  •  Controlled the weather

Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.”

Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: Things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

 2. Jesus is fully human

Jesus had human feelings

He wept (John 11:35)

He experienced joy (John 15:11)

He could be troubled (Matthew 27:37)

He could be angry (Mark 3:5)

He could love (John 13:23)

Jesus had human needs

He experienced hunger  (Matthew 4:2)

He experienced thirst (John 19:28)

He experienced fatigue. He needed rest (John 4:6)

 Jesus had human limitations

He grew in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52)

He had limitations to knowing everything (See Mark 9:21, Where Jesus asks the boys Father “How long has he been like this?”)

3. How does being fully God and fully man combine?

Philippians 2:6-8 “Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on the cross.”

Very nature God

  • Did not consider equality with God something to be grasped
  • Humbled Himself by taking on humanity

By taking on human nature, he accepted certain limitations. These limitations were not the result of a loss of His divine attributes, but the addition of human attributes.

 4. Why is this important?

Sin separated man from God.

He can be our mediator.
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all men.”

Hebrews 2:18 “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”

 

Incarnation of Christ

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