Last week we saw that human beings were created in God’s image and designed to live in relationship with Him. Sadly, God’s original plan was corrupted by the presence of sin. Our connection with God has been severed, and there’s nothing we can do to fix it on our own. Thankfully, that reality points us to Jesus.
Everyone seems to have an opinion of who Jesus is and what He sought to accomplish during His time on earth. Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on the opinions of others. Jesus Himself has revealed the truth throughout the Bible.
One of the first truths that the Bible presents to us about Jesus is that Jesus is both fully God and fully human. This can be a difficult concept to process; but the Scriptures provide some concrete examples that highlight both elements of Jesus’ nature.
In Luke 4, we see evidence of Jesus’ humanity. Verse 16 says Jesus came to the village of Nazareth, “where he had been brought up.” Jesus had a hometown. He had neighbors. He was part of a community. What’s more, Jesus had regular patterns and predictable routines:
“As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16).
Luke 4 also provides two interesting pictures of Jesus’ divinity – the first of which was initiated by Jesus Himself. After being handed a scroll containing the Book of Isaiah, Jesus chose to read a prophecy about the Messiah. Each of His hearers would have been familiar with this passage, and each would have longed for the prophecy to be fulfilled. Jesus left no doubt about His intentions when He declared: “Today, as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled” (v. 21), a clear reference to Himself!
The second illustration of Jesus’ divinity came when He miraculously passed through an angry mob. The text makes it clear the the people of Jesus’ hometown were enraged to the point of murder (v. 29). Yet Jesus passed through them as if they weren’t even there. Why were they so angry with Him? Likely because of the application Jesus had taught that God was ready to accept the Gentiles and reject His chosen people (vv. 24-30).
It is vitally important that we come to embrace, whether we fully understand it or not, that Jesus was both fully human and fully God!!
Love you guys!
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