by Wally Fry
Tuesday, September 17
Christ Took Our Nature
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted,” Hebrews 2:17, 18.
Jesus was fully God and fully human. That is impossible to understand, yet Scripture teaches that truth. The full humanity of Jesus matters for many reasons. First and foremost, the fact that it was humanity who sinned in the first place meant that humanity owed the price that was required to be paid. Jesus’ status as fully human qualified Him to pay the price we owed for sin.
But, there is more concerning the reality of Jesus and salvation than just the simple payment for our sin; as we have discussed several times, our Christian lives only begin at salvation. Unless we are called home the moment we are saved, we are asked to translate the reality of Jesus in us into a visible reality in our lives.
There lies another reason for the full humanity of Jesus. Jesus gets it because He lived it for over three decades. Even though He lived a sinless human life, it was very much a human life, marked by all of the feelings, trials and temptations faced by any other human who has ever lived. Of course, our Lord never gave in to the temptations He faced, but He felt every bit of them. Not only did Jesus act as a model and example for us to follow, but He also shared many words of wisdom, counsel and commands for us to read and apply. Jesus showed us how to do it, and He told us how to do it. Are we?
JUST A THOUGHT: Jesus is our Savior and our Lord; we do not get one without the other.