Jesus Christ (part two)

the Gospel of Matthew

In this installment I want to go over the basics and explain our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s natures. These natures, being “the man”, and “the divine”. As you read, I have listed verses in the order they appear in the Bible, along with thoughts or facts based on them.

-Matthew 22:45 (NLT) Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”  

What the Pharisees could not understand was why David would call the coming Messiah “Lord” if in fact, the Messiah was to come from his own lineage. They only understood half of what David was predicting. Either they knew the meaning and simply would not admit Jesus’ divinity, or were ignorant of what David spoke of to begin with. To call Jesus the Son of David, referred to his family tree (the man), on the other hand, to call Jesus the Son of God referred to Jesus being God (the divine).

-John 1:51 (NLT) Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”

Prior to Jesus coming to Earth as a man, he was simply the Son of God, once he came here, he then, and forever was the Son of Man, and the Son of God. Proving both his humanity and divinity once again. This verse, on a side note is also one more reminder to us, and proof to the world that Jesus is in fact the ONLY way to God in Heaven. I love the NLT’s use of comparing Jesus to a stairway.

-Romans 1:3-4 (NLT) The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Here Paul reminds of once again of Jesus duality. By Jesus death, his human nature was sanctified and transformed. As John 3:16 reads that Jesus was (at that time) the only son of God, after that death/sacrifice, we have the ability to believe in him and accept his gift of everlasting life as the sons/daughters of God. His people.

-Hebrews 3:3 (NLT) But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself.

See, Moses had the human (the man) nature but lacked “the divine” nature. Moses had the gifts that God gave him to reside in the building (the faith) yet not to himself, actually build it. Jesus, on the other hand, had/has the ability to not only reside in faith, but to BE faith itself. The very foundation, capstone, and cornerstone of our faith! Recall the verse “greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” that also indicates that those who are simply of the world cannot be, or even imagine being as GREAT as the Creator of all.

1 John 1:7 (NLT) But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

I truly love reading the writings of John. He always shows purposeful use of words reflecting Jesus as God, and not simply a mere man. (Notice that his gospel doesn’t include a family tree like Matt. & Luke…that was on purpose. However in this verse John decided to show BOTH of Jesus natures.) By using the name “Jesus” John gives us a hint of humanity, but immediately reminds us that Jesus is not merely a man, but a man fathered by the very God who created the universe and everything in it. Ultimately Jesus himself, in Heavenly form. Only the mixture of humanity and divinity running through Jesus veins that was spilled for the forgiveness and pardoning of the sins of all humanity past, present, and future!

If you missed part one of this series on Jesus, you can view it at https://fyi5.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/god-man-jesus-christ/

Stay blessed, and please, soak these writings which explain further, our Lord Jesus Christ. For your own sake and the sake of those you pass it on to.

Chris

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