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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
The Scriptures also teach about Christ's humanity. Take, for instance, what you read in 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." He is described as "the man." Notice--you cannot have read the Gospels without noticing--the frequency with which the term "the Son of man" is used about Him. It is used over eighty times! Now the Son of man, of course, is a very special term, and it has a very special significance.
Then the Scriptures make abundantly plain and clear that Christ had a typical human, physical nature. Take that statement in Hebrews 2:14, where we are told that because "the children are partakers of flesh and blood....he also himself likewise took part of the same."
Another very striking bit of evidence under this heading is that He obviously looked like a man. Not only that, we also have evidence to prove that He looked like a typical Jew. You remember what we are told of the incident of the woman of Samaria meeting our Lord at the well, and how she expressed her astonishment that He should speak to her: "How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?" (John 4:9). She had no idea who He was, but when He spoke to her, she at once recognized that He was a Jew.
Then, under this same heading of His physical frame, the Scriptures teach us that He still had this human body even after His resurrection. When He appeared to the disciples, when Thomas was present in the room and He was anxious to prove to Thomas that He was the same person, He said, "Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing" (John 20:27).
A Thought to Ponder
Christ obviously looked like a man.
From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 271-272.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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