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Real Human Being

Jesus the ManIn the Gospels, Jesus called himself a human being, a man. He said in John 8.40a, "As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God." Lidden wrote about this statement, "The Son of Man, as applied to himself by Jesus, doubtless expresses a real humanity, a perfect and penetrating community of nature and feeling with the lot of human kind." Jesus in emphasizing his fragility said in Matthew 8.20, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

God As Well As Man

Jesus at his TrialJesus also said that he was God as well as a man. The High Priest at his trial asked Jesus, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" This was the phrase used by Jews to mean "God" without speaking his name out loud which was forbidden by them. Jesus in reply in Mark 14.62-64 used the "God name" which had a profound effect on his hearers. "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." At this, the High Priest tore his clothes and said in Mark 14.64a, "you have heard this blasphemy." The High Priest no doubt would have been recalled Moses' meeting with God in which Moses asked God what his name was. We read in Exodus 3.14, "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. [or "I will be what I will be"] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.'" This phrase 'I AM WHO I AM.' may be translated as "I will be what I will be." Jesus angered the crowd with his claim of deity so much that they picked up rocks to stone him. In yet another claim to deity Jesus said in John 10.30a, "I and the Father are one."

"Jesus Human Name"
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by Ron Meacock

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