“Since the children have flesh and blood,
He too shared in their humanity”
( Hebrews 2:14)
Hebrews 1 emphasizes that Jesus Christ is one with the Father and shares His being. Now Hebrews 2 emphasizes that He became one with us so that He could share our being.
He who is fully God entered into our humanity and became fully human. This chapter gives us four main truths about His humanity.
Firstly He experienced the frailty and vulnerability of a human being. His very real human body needed food and drink and sleep. He displayed very real human emotions such as joy, sorrow, compassion and anger. He wept outside the tomb of Lazarus and when He was whipped and nailed to the cross blood flowed from His wounds. His body died.
During His ministry He prayed to the Father for direction and submitted Himself completely to the Father’s will.
- “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:49-50)
- “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me” (John 14:31)
Luke also makes it clear that He needed the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit who He received at His baptism by John.
- “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert” (Luke 4:1)
- “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside” (Luke 4:14)
Jesus was not merely God in disguise. He made Himself fully human to enter fully into our humanity so that He could fully represent us and fully absorb our sin and guilt, our pain and our suffering.
The Creator became a part of the fallen creation for my sake.
Thank You Lord Jesus for entering into our fallen humanity so that You could find me, set me free and lead me safely home. Amen.
(Acknowledgements to John Stott)