by William Oldham
Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be true God and true Man. As the eternal, from everlasting, to everlasting, God, He was the second Person of the Godhead, the Word of God. His Person as a Man began when the virgin Mary was empowered by the Holy Spirit to conceive Him. The God Man Jesus had a birthday in a manger in Bethlehem: God was His Father, Mary was His mother.
God willingly placed Himself into the limitations of a human body. And not only that, but placed Himself in the role of a slave, sent to serve His brethren. As a Man, Jesus fully submitted Himself in obedience to His Father. As a Jew, Jesus fully submitted Himself to the Law of Moses. Jesus Christ was a humble Man from birth to death.
Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God. He is, “…The radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s being, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the Majestic God in heaven. In these last days, God has spoken to us by His Son. He appointed Jesus to be the heir of all things, and it was through Him that God made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-3
Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:8-11
There are many things in Jesus’ life that demonstrate His being a true man. The first, being, that He was born into this world like all of us. We read that, as a twelve year old boy, Jesus was obedient to Mary and Joseph. We see Him tired and sleeping. We see Him eating and drinking. We see Him making friends; we see Him praying often, sometimes all night. But there is one thing Jesus did that I believe, reveals, both true God and true Man together.
Jesus Wept! It was at the tomb of Lazarus, a man Jesus loved. Although Jesus knew He would raise His friend back to life, His tears reveal a truth from God’s word: In trouble and sorrow, more than anyone on earth, Jesus is able to sympathize with us, and give us the help we need.
“…We have a High Priest Who can be touched with the feelings of our weaknesses; He was in all points tempted as we are, yet was without sin.” Therefore we may come boldly unto His throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15
Jesus Wept! Just a few days before He was crucified, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. As he arrived at a place overlooking the city, He wept. Those tears were shed over the terrible destruction He knew was going to befall the people and the city, because they had rejected Him. His tears reveal this truth:
“…God does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
Jesus wept in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was a pure, innocent Son, greatly loved by His Father. On the cross, His Father would lay on Him the sin of the world and Jesus Christ would bear the judgment and penalty of that sin. Jesus wept because He knew that on the cross, as our sin-bearer, He would be accursed and separated from His Father—if but for just a moment. All because He so loved us and took our place at Calvary.
What a friend we have in heaven: Jesus—true God and true Man!
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org