Jesus was born human for several reasons. He came to fulfill an office. He is sinless and like no other man. He had a role of uniting heaven and earth, (John 1:51). Another reason is because God established that the shedding of blood for remission of sins. (Leviticus 17:11, Hebrews 9:22) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins (Hebrews 10:4 KJV). In His humanity he was tempted, he was poor, he was despised and he was persecuted. This made him able to sympathize with us. He also endured a cruel death. Only a human being could fully understand this. Lastly Jesus coming in the flesh is the mark of the spirit from God. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God and every spirit that does not confess that] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you ...view middle of the document...
The two natures are distinct, complete and unchanged; they are not mixed or confused (as having multiple personalities) so that Jesus is one person both God and man. (Elwell, 2001)
Jesus was both God and man. In order to identify with us, on an intimate level, he had to be human, yet maintain His deity. He humbled Himself, being in appearance as man, he was obedient even in death. The only way this could have happened is if Jesus Christ was both man and God.
Jesus had to be incarnate to pay for our sins. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22, NKJV) so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. (Hebrews 9:28, NKJV). He gave His life and shed his blood for ours sins.
If we overemphasize, or deny His deity, or humanity we fail to acknowledge that He is God. We would lose our salvation by denying His humanity, for he is God. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NKJV)
The common objections to the traditional understanding of Christology is denial of the full deity of Jesus and seen in heresies like Ebionitism, which looked on Christ as a man born naturally, on whom the Holy Spirit came at his baptism, and also Docetism, which asserted that the humanity and sufferings of Christ were apparent rather than real (Elwell p.241-242) My response to these is “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NKJV)
Christ’s humanity encourages me to be righteous, humble and considerate to others. I must continue to be obedient and serve our God. As I grow in my spirituality, I learn more and more about my God. I am thankful that he died for our sins and that he is a forgiving God. I just want to be closer to Him. As I pray for His guidance, I will continue to praise and worship Him for the rest of my life.
Elwell, w. (2001). Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.