Was Jesus God or Man?

The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 HCSB

While in college I wrote a paper titled, “Jesus as God and Man”. There are some religions that believe that Jesus was all God in human form while others argue that Jesus was fully man and was supernaturally empowered by God. I believe that Jesus was both God and man. I cannot fully explain how Jesus could be both, but I believe He was 100% God and 100% man. Our human minds cannot comprehend that concept any more than we can understand the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was the small baby born of a human mother. He had to experience everything that we experience as humans (temptation, fears, doubt, sadness, grief, happiness, joy, etc.) He had to be fully man to take our place on the cross and die for our sins. On the other hand, Jesus had to be fully God to perform the miracles of feeding 5,000 people with only two fish and five loaves of bread, walking on water, healing the sick, and bringing people back to life from the dead.

He was the Son of God so He had no trace of sin in His life. Since Jesus was without sin, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was without spot or blemish in any way. He died in our place so that we might have forgiveness of our sins and gain eternal life as children of God. Only Jesus has the power to deliver us from death. Because He was human we can share our struggles and feelings with Him and He understands.

Challenge: Thank God for coming to earth in human form and paying the penalty for your sins. Read Hebrews 4:15-16 and Colossians 2:13-15 to gain further insight into how Jesus was both God and man.

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