The Scripture teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ, the man from Galilee, had two equal natures: Jesus was both God and human.
We don’t need to establish that Jesus was human. He was born in Bethlehem, and he grew up in Nazareth. He lived in real time and space. He died outside of Jerusalem on a wooden cross, a Roman executioners’ device. The Bible has specific historical, political, and even geographical facts that anchor the life of Jesus to real world history. The physician and historian Luke included these facts when he wrote his account of Jesus.
For example, Luke established the time and place of Jesus’ birth by describing the political situation of the time:
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child” (Luke 2:1-5).
The harder question is, “was the man Jesus one and the same with the eternal God?”
The Apostle John wrote that Jesus was the word of God that became flesh: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
In John 5 we read that Jesus claimed oneness with God, and the religious leaders wanted to kill him because he was “making himself equal with God” (John 5:18). As Jesus died on the cross, the crowds mocked His claims to be one with God (Luke 23:35). But Jesus didn’t stay dead; he rose from the dead to prove he was more than a man. Jesus was the “God-man.”
The Life of Jesus ChristLiving a life of faith in Jesus is not always easy. As human beings, we’re constantly bombarded with temptation and sometimes the struggles of life leave me agonizing over every decision. I often wonder what my motivations are. Am I doing the right thing for the right reason? While my life is a mess, the life of Jesus Christ was clean and righteous. Since the perfect, sinless Jesus died on the cross for my sins, I, too, have hope even in my failures.
In the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites a system of offering sacrifices, so that the price of sin could be paid. Death is the price of sin (Romans 6:23). The High Priest did the work of slaughtering the animal and sprinkling its blood in the inner chamber of the temple.
But the High Priest first had to offer a sacrifice for his own sin. This process of killing animals to pay the sin debt happened continually, as a reminder of God’s holiness and human weakness.
But Jesus lived a sinless life. Since the life of Jesus Christ was perfect, he was qualified to take the death penalty that you deserve. The Scripture says that Jesus is both our High Priest and our slaughtered lamb of sacrifice.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
I don’t want to do wrong things, but I do. I don’t want to think evil thoughts, but they come. I don’t want to say angry and selfish words, but they fall out of my mouth. Because of the life of Jesus Christ, I have a reason to repent, trust in Christ’s forgiveness, and do better next time. Though the journey is long and can be very challenging, even for the most dedicated Christian, our sins can still be forgiven through our blessed Savior, and our reward for our perseverance is eternal.
Aren’t you thankful for the life of Jesus Christ?