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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 3, Chapter 6

Jesus Is FULLY MAN

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*Jesusí Human Spirit, Soul & Body

When we say Jesus is Fully Man, what do we mean? We mean all that man is, Jesus is. Paul wrote concerning Jesus, Romans 1:3 ". . . who was born of the seed of David." Jesus is of the essence of humanity, He is fully man himself. We mean the same thing when we say Jesus is Fully God. Again Paul wrote, Romans 1:4 "Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead." Jesus is of the essence of God the Father, He is fully God Himself. As a result, Jesus is one person who is fully God and fully man.

If Jesus is Fully Man, what is man in all his humanity? Moses wrote in Genesis 2:7 about the creation of man: "Then Yehovah Elohim formed man of dust from the-ground, and breathed into his-nostrils the spirit of lives; and man became-a-living soul."173 Moses tells us that God created manís body from the dust of the ground. He then breathed into man a living human spirit and when the spirit and the body combined, a living human soul was created. Moses tells us that God created Man a tri-part being: a spirit and soul and body. The Bible teaches us that manís spirit is the means by which he has God-consciousness and the means by which he communicates with and has relationship with God. Manís soul is the means by which he has self-consciousness and the means by which he communicates with and has relationship with himself. Manís body is the means by which he has world-consciousness and the means by which he communicates with and has relationship with the world. Jesus had a human spirit and soul and body. This means also that He had a human will, heart, mind and emotions. It means that Jesus was fully a human being in all that that means. Like us, Jesus through his human spirit had relationship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, through his human soul he had relationship with himself and through his human body he had relationship with the world.

Jesus being Fully Man does not mean that He stopped being Fully God. Just as Jesus is Fully Man so also He is Fully God. Jesus has all the attributes of God and all the attributes of man. This does not mean that Jesusí Humanity and Jesusí Divinity are combined into a hybrid. Jesus is One Person but with two completely distinct and separate Natures. This means that Jesus has a completely distinct and separate Divine Nature and a completely distinct and separate Human Nature. That Jesus is One Person means that though He is Fully God and Fully Man, His two natures do not work independently or against each other, but rather in complete and absolute unity with each other while at the same time remaining separate and distinct. This means that He has a separate divine mind and human mind, divine heart and human heart, divine will and human will, divine emotions and human emotions, divine soul and human soul, divine spirit and human spirit and a human body. His Human spirit, soul and body are completely human and separate from His divine nature. Jesus is One Person with a fully distinct and separate Divine Nature and with a fully distinct and separate Human Nature. What we want to focus on in this Chapter is the evidence of Jesus Full Humanity in the Bible.

*Jesusí Human Spirit  

Like us, Jesus had a finite human spirit. Finite meaning it was dependent on God. Though Jesus was fully God, while a man on earth He humbled Himself and did not draw upon his divinity once in any capacity during His 33 Ĺ years on earth. How far did Jesus take this. The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 2:6-8,

"Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied130 himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness131 of men. And being found in appearance132 as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient133 to the point of death, even death on a cross."

How far did He take it? To the point of being as fully vulnerable as any other man to the evil acts of men. To what extent? To the extent that we were able to kill Him and He did not draw upon his divinity to resist or stop it.

As a man He was completely dependent on God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Like any other human being, Jesus looked to God the Father through His human spirit for His needs. When dealing with men the Bible does not say that Jesus read menís minds which He was able to do through His Divinity, but rather that He perceived by the Holy Spirit through His human spirit what was going on around Him (Mark 2:8). Jesusí Divinity knows all menís thoughts all the time, but Jesusí human spirit required the inspiration and quickening of God the Holy Spirit through His human spirit to discern circumstances that He encountered. Like ourselves, Jesus many times was grieved in His human spirit (Mark 8:12). Matthew tells us that when Jesus on the cross gave up His human spirit that His body died (Matt 27:50). The book of James and the book of Psalms teach us that the body only lives while the human spirit is present, that when the human spirit departs, the body dies (James 2:26; Ps 104:29, 146:4). Jesus the man, like ourselves, was also depended on the power of the Holy Spirit for His needs.

*Jesusí Human Soul

Though Jesusí Divine Nature has all the infinite power and attributes of God, His human nature had all the finite limitations and attributes of a man. Like any man, Jesusí soul grew in wisdom and in understanding (Luke 2:52). Though his soul was alive, like our soul, his soul could not give or create life in others. Jesus said in John 6:63, "It is the Spirit who creates-life, the flesh profits nothing." The flesh represents our humanity and Jesus tells us plainly that the human soul cannot give or create life, only Godís Divine nature has the power to create or give life to another.

However, because everything the man Jesus said and did was only out of the initiative of the Holy Spirit through His human spirit, everything He did and said brought the creative life of God to the person being ministered to. Herbert Lockyer writes concerning the human soul and the human spirit:

"A distinction between Ďsoulí and Ďspirití can be stated thus: Ďsoulí expresses man as apart from God, a separate individual; Ďspirití expresses man as drawing his life from God (John 10:11; 19:30)."119/115

Concerning Jesusí human soul, The Apostle John wrote: "We know love by this, that He laid down His soul for us; and we ought to lay down our souls for the brethren" (1 John 3:16). Jesus gave up his soul, His earthly life, in order that our souls, the life God has planned for us, might be saved.

*Jesusí Human Body

Yehovah prophesied through Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6 that Jesus Christ, God the Son, would become a man:

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, El-Almighty134, Father-of-Eternity, Prince-of-Peace." (Isaiah 9:6, Zechariah 13:7)

In Chapter 3 of this Section we showed how the Bible teaches us that God is one composed of three individual Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father declares about Jesus, God the Son, in Hebrews 1:8: "Your throne, Elohim, is forever and ever." Therefore God the Father affirms that not only is Jesus Fully Man but that He is also Fully God as well.

Jesus states about his Humanity, recorded in Hebrews 10:5, "Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but a body You have prepared for Me." Jesus tells us in this passage that God the Father prepared a body for Him so that He could offer it up as a sacrifice for our sins. Concerning this the writer of Hebrews tells us that Hebrews 10:10 "we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

As a man on earth, Jesus humbled himself to all of the limitations of a man (Phil 2:5-8). This meant that while He is God, while a man on earth he did not draw upon His Divinity. Luke tells us in the Gospel of Luke that like any other man, Jesus grew physically as well as mentally (Luke 2:52)

Jesus Had Human Emotions & Experiences

The writer of Hebrews tells us about Jesusí Humanity that He was made just like us in all things and that as a man He was tempted in all things as we are but that He never sinned (Heb 4:15-16). Why did God the Son allow Himself to become a man and experience all our weaknesses and temptations? He did this so He could become a merciful and sympathetic High Priest concerning our weaknesses (Heb 2:17-18). He did this so we would know not only that He understands what we are going through, but so we could also know that we can go to Him without fear and know He will give us grace in our time of need. Why? Because since He has been there Himself, He knows exactly what we are going through.

An example of this in my own life was when many years ago when I was rejected by many brethren for false reasons, when I went to the Lord about my burden, He said to me in response: "I know what you are going through. When I went to the cross all my apostles deserted me in my greatest hour of need." Because He had experienced the rejection and desertion of those He had been close too, He knew what I was going through and therefore knew how to help me in my time of need.

I cannot document this scripturally at present, but I believe that one of the reasons Jesus became a man to live a manís life on earth was out of jealousy of His servants who gave their all and suffered much for Him. How could He identify with such faithful servants unless He Himself was faithful to them in His humanity. We have a God who came down to our level with our weaknesses and experienced all of the sufferings of man. Jesus understands. He knows what you are going through so that He tells us in Matthew 11:28-30:

"Come to Me, all who are weary124 and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

The Prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesusí Humanity that He was not exceptionally hansom that we would want to look upon him. Isaiah tells us that he was not attractive that we would be attracted to Him (53:2). Throughout his life He was despised and rejected by men. This resulted in His experiencing many sorrows and much grief. Isaiah tells us that no man esteemed Him (53:3). When Jesus went to the cross He was oppressed and afflicted by the hands of men (53:7). He was judged and condemned unjustifiably and taken away for crimes for which He was not guilty.

Jesus came because He wanted to have a personal relationship with each one of us. Through the power of the Holy Spirit he healed our diseases. He loved and fed us. What did we do in response? We did not just kill Him by hanging His humanity on a cross; beforehand His back was whipped to the bone, His beard was pulled out of his face by hand so that Isaiah tells us he was not even recognizable afterwards on the street. He was then nailed to a cross while conscious with railroad size spikes and allowed to hang alive while bleeding to death until He died. Jesus suffered the worst kind of humiliation and painful death a man could ever endure. Jesus knows what it is to suffer and be rejected for He experienced it Himself.

*Jesus Cried:

John tells us in John Chapter 11 that when Jesus saw the result of our fallen sinful nature which resulted in the natural death of Lazarus and the pain that it caused all those close to him, that He wept (11:35). Luke shares with us that when He could not reach His chosen people that He wept over the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). Finally, when Jesus got ready to face the cross, in His humanity the writer of Hebrews tells us that He wept and cried aloud to God His father that if possible He might bypass this necessary trial and suffering for our salvation (Heb 5:7-8). Jesus died for our sins, but this does not mean that His humanity enjoyed what was necessary for our salvation. Like we would have done, He cried out in tears against the thought of such suffering against His human nature.

*Jesus Experienced Hunger:

Jesus body, like ours, was sustained by food and water. Many passages talk about the hunger that Jesus experienced (Mark 11:12, 21:18; Matthew 4:2)

*Jesus Experienced Thirst:

Jesus knew what is was to be thirsty. He was thirsty when he came to Jacobís well and so asked a woman to give Him a drink (John 4:7). Jesus became thirsty while hanging on the cross and cried out, "I am thirsty" (John 19:28).

*Jesus Slept

The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 127:2 "It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep." As a man and carpenter by trade, Jesus knew what it was to be tired and in need of rest. Matthew records that one time while they were crossing the sea in a raging storm, that Jesus was so exhausted that He slept through it (Matt 8:24).

*Jesus Experienced Being Weary

Like all human beings, Jesus experienced what it was to be weary. When Jesus and His disciples arrived at Jacobís well John tells us that Jesus being weary125, sat on the well (John 4:6). Herbert Lockyer cites several things which bring weariness to the body:

  1. Family strife can produce it (Gen 27:46).

  2. Disappointment with life can bring it (Job 10:1; Ps 69:3).

  3. Overmuch study leads to it (Ecc 12:12)

  4. God speaks of being wearied by manís iniquity (Is 43:24).

  5. Sin impoverishes oneís physical vigor (Jer 9:5; Gen 19:11; Ecc 10:15).

  6. Weariness is no respecter of age (Is 40:30).118/122

Because Jesus had experienced what it was to be weary and exhausted as a man, he could say in Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all who are weary126 and heavy-laden and I will give you rest."

*Jesus Experienced Toil:

Mark 6:3 "Is not this the carpenter?" Jesus was a carpenter by trade. He knew what it was to toil all day long in the hot sun. While in the wilderness and after not having had anything to eat for forty days, Satan tempted Jesus to act outside of the limitations of His humanity and to turn the stones into bread. While Jesus had the power as God to do this, had He done this He would be no man. Jesus refused to act outside of the limitations of His humanity and as a result knew what it was to be a man. Men work for their bread, they are not able to turn stones into bread. Therefore, Jesus labored and toiled as a carpenter for his own physical needs as well as His familyís needs.

*Jesus Experienced Poverty:

Many years ago Jesus told me that if I truly walked with Him I would be rejected by men. When He said that, He was not just talking about the world, He meant that I would also be rejected by Christians as well. To the best of my ability I have walked with Jesus for forty-three years and this walk with Jesus has resulted in both rejection from the world as well as from Christians. It has also resulted in ongoing poverty and at times being homeless.

Jesus said about Himself, "The Son of Man has no where to lay His head" (Lk 9:58, Matt 8:20). Why was this? Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches127." He then goes on to explain what He means by this: He explains that if a personís focus in life is how he is going to feed himself, clothe himself and how he is going to provide for a place to stay, his concern wonít be Jesusí will for His life. The end result will be that when Jesus through the Holy Spirit wants that person to do something, that person will not obey him, that person will say "No!"

This was the story about the rich young ruler. He prided himself in that he obeyed the ten commandments, that he was a good man. He thought for sure if anyone would be saved and go to heaven it would be him. But there was this gnawing in the back of his mind and in his conscious. So wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. At first Jesus told him what he wanted to here, "Obey the ten commandments;" but when this did not satisfy the young man, Jesus then went to the root of his problem: Jesus said, "If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me" (Matt 19:21). The next verse states that when the young man heard this that he walked away grieved because he owned much property. You see, this young man wasnít trying to live for God at all. All his good works were not to serve God, but to convince himself that he was okay so he could live with himself living for himself. How was this proved? When Jesus told him what he wanted him to do to live for Him, which meant he would need to be freed of his property, not being able to say yes to the Holy Spirit and let go of the world, he walked away grieved and grieving the Holy Spirit.

Brothers and sisters, are you living for Jesus and doing with Your life what He has called You to do? Or are You using your religious works to convince yourself that you are okay in order to live for yourself

and avoid what Jesus really wants you to do. To live for Jesus means the abandonment of self, vocation and plans for oneís soul, and all that You have, which includes your good works, so Jesus can lead you into the will and plan and works He has for You to do: the will and plan that He has for your soul. When money, things and property become more important than living for Jesus, you are no longer living for Jesus, you are living for yourself. This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 16:24-27 when He said:

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his soul shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul for My sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds."

This was why Jesus lived in poverty and had no where to lay his head; it was because He was living for and walking in obedience to His Father through the Holy Spirit in His life. Because he was, those who were not, including religious men as well as secular men, took offense at Him and persecuted Him. Because the religious leaders, who yes were religious but not truly living for God, took offense at Him, they did not follow or support Him or support Him before the people. They did this because in truth despite how religious they were, they were not living for God but for themselves and for their own interests.

Jesus said about Himself as a man John 4:34 "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work." Because He was living for God the Father as a man and not for Himself, the world and the Jews rejected Him and gave him no support. The end result was that He lived out His ministry in poverty and with no where to lay his head. The Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus, 2 Cor 8:9 "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." How was Jesus rich? He was Fully God. He could have meant the needs of His humanity any time He wanted to. Why didnít He? He did not because God the Father called Jesus, God the Son, to become a Man with all of manís limitations and to live for Him as a man. Because He did He suffered rejection and poverty from men who did not want Him to succeed because they were not living for God, but for themselves.

How offended were people toward Jesus because he was a man doing the will of His Father who was in heaven? So uncomfortable were they in the presence of His example that they all got together and decided that it was necessary to get rid of Him. So they took Jesus the man and hung Him on a cross and killed Jesus the man. Jesus, in order for our salvation, obeyed His father and suffered rejection, poverty and a humiliating death on the cross. Hebrews 5:8 "Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered."

When a man walks with God, in heaven he will have a hundred times as much, but what can he expect in this temporary earthly life? He can expect rejection and poverty. The Bible states that Satan is the present god of this world and he rewards those living for him, not those living for God (2 Cor 4:3-4). J. Vernon McGee once said that he did not trust someone who was rich. This was because he knew that in this life, outside of discovering gold or an oil well, the only way you get rich is by selling your soul and walking over people to get there. Jesus the man lived for God the Father. His reward in the world was rejection and poverty. Herbert Lockyer wrote about Jesusí state of poverty,

"Evidences of His poor estate are found in the way He lived on borrowed things. He was born in a borrowed stable; He dined at anotherís table; when He slept in a bed, it was a borrowed one at Bethany; He sailed in another manís boat; He rode on another manís ass; for His need, he lived upon the money and food ministered unto Him by women who were His true followers; He was ultimately buried in a borrowed grave. Poor, He had nothing to leave, not even His clothes, which were gambled for by the soldiers who crucified Him."118/125

Poverty, however is not Jesusí end. The writer of Hebrews states, Hebrews 12:2 "Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Why did Jesus endure rejection and poverty? Because of the joy that awaited him in heaven. Through His poverty, rejection and death He purchased our salvation so that we might be saved and have fellowship with Him forever. The end of Jesusí suffering was bringing about the redemption of millions of men and women that he will have loving fellowship with forever.

What will be our reward in heaven for serving Jesus? Jesus has already assured us that he has a home for each of us individually, but I donít believe the reward of heaven is based in having material things. The rich of the world can tell you that things do not bring happiness. Things cannot love or relate to you, but people can. The reward of those who serve Christ is the hundreds of souls they allow Jesus to draw to Himself through them that they will have fellowship and relationship with in Heaven forever.

*Jesus Experienced Joy 

Jesus said to his disciples in John 15:11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full." While Jesus experienced grief and sorrows, yet at the same time and always He experienced joy. While happiness is dependent on circumstances, joy is not. Joy is an inner quality that is not dependent on circumstances. Jesus demonstrated to us by example that joy was meant to be an ongoing inner experience in the normal human life. The fact that we do not experience this moment by moment has to do with our fallen sinful nature. Paul wrote in Romans 14:17 "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Jesus had no sin. As a result, while He was abused by men, yet at the same time He had perfect unhindered communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit and as a result unhindered joy. His prayer for us in John 17:3 "But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy made full in themselves."

*Jesus Experienced Disappointments 

Isaiah said about Jesus in Isaiah 42:4 "He will not be disheartened or crushed, until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law." Jesus was never discouraged, but He did experience disappointment. Jesus must have experienced disappointment when He cried over Jerusalem: Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling." Jesus must have been disappointed when many of his disciples went back to the world. In disappointment Jesus said to the twelve John 6:67 "You do not want to go away also, do you?" He must have felt disappointment in his hour of need when his disciples would not pray with Him (Matt 26:40). When Peter denied Him three times He looked at him surely with disappointment in His heart (Luke 22:60-62).

*Jesus Experienced Sorrow & Sadness 

Like any man Jesus experienced great sorrow and sadness. When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane preparing to face the cross, Jesus said to His disciples, Matthew 26:38 "My soul is exceedingly-sorrowful129, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me."

*Jesus Experienced Tremendous Stress 

As Jesus got ready to go to the cross, the Bible teaches that He prayed to God if possible that the cup of suffering might pass Him by. So much in distress was Jesus that Luke records in Luke 22:44 "And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground."

*Jesusí Experienced Love 

Jesus said in John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his soul for his friends." Jesus laid down his soul for us on the cross.

*Jesus Experienced Anger 

Jesus experienced human anger when he drove out the money changers from the temple (John 2:14-17). He must have experienced anger many times at the unbelief of His people: Matthew 17:17 "O unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you?" He experienced anger when He rebuked Peter in Matthew 16:23 "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on Godís interests, but manís." Mark tells us that Jesus looked with anger at the Jews hardness of heart and unbelief (Mark 3:5). Mark states that Jesus became indignant when others tried to keep children from coming to him (Mark 10:14).

*Jesus Experienced Compassion 

One of Jesus strongest human emotions was his compassion. Matthew writes about Jesus Matthew 9:36 "And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd." It was Jesusí compassion which motivated Him to heal the sick (Matt 14:14). It was Jesusí compassion which motivated Him to feed the 5,000 (Matt 15:32).

*Jesus Experienced Humility 

The depth of Jesusí humility is most greatly illustrated in His, the Son-of-God, humbling Himself to become a man with all of the limitations of a man to live a manís life. Jesus humility was climaxed in His obedience to the Father to the point of death on the cross. Herbert Lockyer writes, "The charge made against Him, ĎYou being a man, make Yourself God,í was literally true."118/141 Jesus said of Himself, Matthew 20:28 "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Jesusí Dependence
Through Prayer

Another evidence of Jesusí Humanity was His reliance on the Father and the Holy Spirit as a man. Jesus could not move forward without the will of the Father and the Power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was constantly withdrawing Himself to pray for others and for Himself. The man Jesus still prays for us today.

Prophecy 

Isaiah 53:12 "Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors."

Fulfillment 

John 17:1 "These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, he said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You."

Luke 6:12 "And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God."

Hebrews 5:7 "In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety."

The Gospels say sixteen times that Jesus prayed, eight times the substance of the prayer is given. Six of His prayers were made during His last week before His crucifixion. The prayer of Gethsemane is mentioned in the first three Gospels.118/143

Jesus Experienced Amazement

The Gospels mention twenty times Jesus marveling which give the idea of His responding in wonder and amazement. An equal term, wonder, is mentioned twelve times giving a sense of astonishment and surprise at a strange or unusual deed or occurrence.

Mark 5:20 "And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone marveled135."

Mark 14:33 "And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be utterly-astonished136 and troubled."

Matthew 8:10 "Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled, and said to those who were following, ĎTruly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.í"

There are three references to Jesusí amazement in Scripture: He was amazed at the faith of the centurion and the second rejection of his home Nazareth (Matt 8:10); also as He went to Gethsemane to pray He was astonished and troubled, by what the scripture does not say (Mark 14:33).

Jesusí Resurrected Body

What became of the man Jesus? The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,

"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ the man was crucified, killed and then buried in a tomb. But this is not the end of Jesusí humanity. Paul also explains that He was raised from the dead three days later with a physical body that will last forever, that will never die again. Once God the Son became a man for our Salvation, He took on the human nature permanently. Jesus will always be Fully God and now also He will always be Fully Man. Jesus in His humanity now sits at the right hand of God committed forever to intercede for us before the Father. In conclusion Herbert Lockyer writes:

"Born of a human mother and dependent upon her in childhood, His body grew in stature, and His mind expanded in knowledge and wisdom. Later on, He came to speak of His body as a Ďtempleí (John 2:21). As a babe, He wore infant clothes and was held in the arms of aged Simeon, as well as in His motherís, whose firstborn Son He was. That He was born is a historical fact millions upon millions testify to as they date their letters today. Nothing could be more explicit than the genealogical item, ĎMary, of whom was born Jesus,í or the declaration of Paul that Jesus became a partaker of flesh and blood (Heb 2:14; Jn 1:14). He appealed to the senses of His disciples to prove His humanity, ĎBehold my hands and my feet, that it is I myselfí (Lk 24:39). ĎBehold my hands... my sideí (Jn 20:27). Then there is Johnís great confession: 1 John 1:1."118/114

Chapter 1 of this Section titled, "Jesusí Full Salvation For Man," explains fully the significance of why Jesus had to become fully man and how this relates to His full salvation for us. Why else is it important that we understand the full humanity of Jesus as well as his full Divinity? Without this understanding we cannot Evangelize successfully those who believe otherwise. A Christian cult is that which either denies Jesusí full humanity or Jesusí full Divinity. Mormonís believe that Jesus was first a man who became a god. Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in Jesusí divinity or His humanity. They believe he was an angel that came down from heaven. Others believe he was nothing but a good moral teacher. If we do not understand the significance of Jesus being fully God who also became fully man, we will not be able to successfully communicate this to people on the field and as a result we will not be able to bring them to Salvation in Christ. Our understanding and acceptance of Jesus being fully God and fully man are vital for successful Evangelism on the field.

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