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Strong Emotions

Jesus On CrossWe know precious little about the childhood of Jesus from the Scriptures but in his life, we find a full range of strong emotions. He was moved deeply to see people in their need. Matthew 9.36 said of Jesus, "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." He became hungry in the wilderness after an extended period without any food. At the time of the Temptation in Matthew 4.2 we were told, " After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry."

Showed Deep Feelings

Jesus PraysOn the cross, Jesus cried out in John 19.28 because his thirst was so great. "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.'" Jesus showed other human characteristics and he suffered immensely on the cross. Luke 22.44 explains that while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, "being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Many people believe this indicated a rare clinical phenomenon of sweating blood called "hematohidrosis" or "hematidrosis" from the two Greek words for "blood" and "sweat." Leonardo Da Vinci in his writings described a soldier who sweated blood before battle. Christ was in extreme human agony and was not immune to pain.

Growing Child

Child JesusLike any other youngster, Jesus grew up and developed physically and mentally. Luke 2.40 told us, "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him." Again Luke 2.52 recorded, "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." But even as a child, Jesus was aware of his destiny.

Astonished by Jesus

Jesus In TempleOn one occasion, Jesus wandered away from his parents in order to listen to the holy men in the Temple. We were told that "When his parents saw him, they were astonished." and his mother said to him in Luke 2.48, "'Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.'" Mary and Joseph naturally showed great concern for Jesus well being.

Human Jesus Christ

Julian of NorwichThe human Jesus Christ was truly holy and totally divine as were the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was the word made flesh. As if to emphasize Jesus' humanity, Julian of Norwich (1342-1416 AD) who was an influential Christian mystic in the Medieval Church in England, addressed the human Jesus Christ as "my sister and my mother." This was an unusual use of terms and one we do not normally associate with God the Son. Jesus Christ, like the Holy Spirit, was described by the angel before his birth as "holy one" in Luke 1.35, "The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." Jesus lived without sin and was not impacted by evil nor by the "ruler of this world." In John 14.30 Jesus, therefore, said, "I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me."

The Way

Word Made FleshBecause Jesus was both human and holy he claimed to be "the Way," offering himself as a perfect example for people to follow. In John 14.6 Jesus made it quite clear, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." By embodying purity, he authenticated his claim to be the Truth. Because Jesus was pure and truly the holy God, he deserved our worship. Saint Paul explained in Colossians 1.15, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation." Philippians 2.11 further explained, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The deity of Jesus was also self-authenticating. H. P. Lidden (1829-1890 AD) in "The Divinity of our Lord and Savior," pages 234-5 wrote "The three aspects of the divine nature, denoted by the terms 'Life, Love and Light' were attributed in Saint John's writings with abundant explicitness to the Word made flesh. The Light, the Love and the Life were the glories of the Word Incarnate which his disciples beheld, pouring its rays through the veil of his human tabernacle."

"Human Child Jesus"
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by Ron Meacock

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