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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Another piece of evidence for the humanity of Christ is that here on earth He was subject to certain [self-imposed] limitations in His knowledge. There is an instance of this in Mark 11:13--"the incident of the barren fig tree. We are told that our Lord came to it expecting to find fruit. He did not know that it had none. Also, in Mark 13:32 we read these most important and momentous words, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." He said specifically that He did not know the precise time of this day that is coming; not only the angels, but even He did not know it, but only the Father.
That brings us to another proof of Christ's humanity, which is that He was subject to physical limitation. In John 4, in the instance of the woman of Samaria, we are told that He was weary. He sat down by the side of the well and did not go with the disciples to buy provisions because He was physically tired. We read that He fell asleep in the boat on the sea, in the stern of the vessel (Mark 4:36-41). In the incident of the barren fig tree we are told that as He was going to Jerusalem one morning He was hungry. He endured physical agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, sweating great drops of blood. And finally, of course, and conclusively and most important of all, He actually, literally died; and His death--this physical limitation--is the ultimate proof of His humanity.
Further evidence of Christ's humanity was that He was tempted. We find this in Hebrews 2:18, in addition to the Gospel accounts of His temptation in the wilderness.
A Thought to Ponder
Christ was subject to physical limitation.
From God the Father, God the Son, p. 273.
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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