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Fully divine and fully human…

"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'"   Mark 1:9-11

 

As Christ followers, we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  But we also believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of Man.  It is very important that we know, that we understand, and that we completely believe that Jesus Christ is both fully divine and fully human.  In the book of Mark, we get an early picture of Jesus' divinity and His humanity.  Mark explains that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and Jesus came to be baptized.  Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, who was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Jesus took on the flesh and the blood of a man.  He lived the life of a man.  He ate food and drank water that a man eats and drinks.  He breathed the air that a man breathes.  And in this passage in Mark 1, Jesus comes to be baptized with water like a man.  Jesus didn't need to be baptized, but He was obedient to the will of God.  In His baptism, Jesus associates Himself with mankind; He identifies with mankind's needs and with mankind's sin.  Even though Jesus never sinned, He was obedient to God's will.  He followed the Spirit's direction in His life as He went into the wilderness.  Matthew's account in chapter 4, verse 2, tells us that Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights, and he tell us, "He was hungry."  The fasting and the hunger that Jesus felt in this moment was completely human.  JESUS IS FULLY HUMAN.  But Mark also tells us that upon Jesus' baptism that heaven was torn open and the Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove.  And then the voice from heaven says to Jesus, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."  Jesus is identified in His baptism as the Son of God.  We know from Scripture that Jesus was present at the creation of the world and the universe.  Paul says it this way in Colossians 1:15-17, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."  John goes on to say it this way in John 1:1-3, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."  JESUS IS FULLY DIVINE.

Jesus conquered sin in life while fully human.  He never sinned, not once!  Jesus conquered sin in death on the cross while fully human.  Jesus conquered sin and death through the power of the resurrection while fully divine.  God raised Him from the dead victoriously!!!  Through Jesus' life and death and resurrection, He conquered our sin and our death.  He made it possible for us to be forgiven of all our sin.  He made it possible for us to be freed from the penalty of sin, which is death, eternal separation from God and His grace, His mercy, and His love.  Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, is our Hope!  He is our Salvation!  Trust in His human life…a perfect life…a sacrificial life.  Trust in His divine power…the power to forgive…the power to cleanse…the power to give eternal life.  JESUS IS FULLY DIVINE AND FULLY HUMAN!  HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE!

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