The Person and Work Of Christ

   by Minister Carmelo Angel

 

    Many topics and questions surround the idea about the Humanity of Christ. Is He God or Man? Is He half God, half man? Does He the desires of the flesh? If He is a man, He must go through physical pain but if He’s part God why would He make himself go through the agony. In simplest form and not go into deep analogy, God brought himself in our world for one purpose and that was for our sins and the atonement.

    The only way for the people to understand the power of God, the faith, the love and commitment to our father was to have another human being give the right example but also live the life God wanted us to be in. That is the reason why He came down to earth, to be a part of the human race. To show our brothers and sisters, even as flesh and blood, we all good through temptation, pain, heart ache, suffering, we can still end up living our lives and faith to God. It also gave an opportunity to us, the world, to redeem ourselves and give our lives to God. To understand God is a loving God and loves us so much He is willing to bring His only son to come back to this world to heal us from our sins.

    How can we compare Jesus as a human? As a human being, we are born through the womb of our mothers, just like Jesus was born through Mary. In Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law.”# He was raised by his parents and grown to have the resemblance as and adult and looked like any other Jew in that day. Just like us, he had had family. He had a mother, father, brothers and sisters.

    There was no telling difference by the way He looks to confuse anyone if He was human or God. People could not come up to Him and say “There is God!” The only time you can feel the presence of God, was to be around with His presence. The Holy Spirit in Him gave the feeling of power of God. People would want to touch anything He was wearing or touched to feel the left over presence. In John 14:36, “and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of his garment. And as many touched it were made perfectly well.”# He didn’t need to look different to stand out or show a Godly look to him.

    One experience Jesus did go through that compares to ordinary man was temptation. Just like human beings, we all go through hardship of temptation, which could be the fall to so many Christians and have been the fall for a long time. The first temptation came in the beginning in Genesis 3:6, “so when the woman saw the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes and tree desirable to make one wise…”# Adam and Eve as earthly flesh was also tempted from lies and deception. Jesus came about the same temptation when he fast forty days and forty nights in Mathew 4:1, “Then Jesus was led up by the spirit unto the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”# He experienced like a normal human being who would be fasting for so long, He was tired and hungry. The enemy saw the weakness potential in Jesus and try to use that against Him but Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit understood His purpose and was not influence by any means of the gifts the devil was offering Him. He was with out sin and with every temptation, He was victorious.

    What was his purpose to be a part of our world? Why couldn’t He just come as an angel instead as human being. The key point “Sacrifice”. The lord knew what His purpose was and what lies in his destiny. To have himself sacrificed himself and go through the pain as human being was the only way for us to understand how much the love was there for all of us. The death of Christ and resurrection was the set up for us sinners in the ground of redemption. We believe that men are regenerated, redeemed, reconciled to God, justified, forgiven, adopted, not by the Doctrine of  the Atonement but by the Atonement itself by the sacrificial and substitution of our Lord Jesus Christ.#  With out the sacrifice and resurrection, there wouldn’t be redemption. Jesus life wouldn’t have any meaning but just to be a healer to the people. Salvation was the main purpose for his atonement. The design was to make all men savable. A new way for all sins of the past to be forgiven and start in a new path towards God. In Corinthians 15:3-4 states, “how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures.”#

    For us to completely understand the person and works of Christ, we need to be able let the Holy Spirit and speak to our hearts about the truth about Jesus. What He did for us? What He sacrificed? He wasn’t an ordinary man who used the cross for just for dramatic sign for sacrifice. That in our lives we will need to be redeemed. We are human. Jesus experienced that life for us, showed with compassion and understood the means to be a human being. With no excuse and any lack of hope for the future, Jesus clears that up with his death and resurrection. With Him participating as human being in our world, healing the sick and sacrificing his life should give us the new meaning hope. We are here in this world for one purpose and that’s to serve Him but also God knows evil ways that hide around path. Sin will follow and tempt us but Gods true love will redeem us. Jesus was put here for us and Jesus will live in our hearts as our brother, Father and God.

 

 

Holy Bible, New King James Version, (1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc)

Lehman Strauss, Atonement of Christ, (Bible.Org)

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