Is Jesus Still Human?

This is an interesting question. As mere humans we look forward to being something better and having better bodies than these that do terribly annoying things like get cancer or make you limp around with arthritis of the knees. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:50-52…

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

So that is a new body, but it does not change the fact that we are human creations of God.

We need to understand that the incarnation of Christ was not something like Jesus putting on a costume. He is in essence forever the God-man.

Consider the words of the angel at the ascension of Christ in Acts 1:9–11…

As [the disciples] were looking on, [Jesus] was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

So Jesus went up from the earth with a human body. He sits now in God’s presence as the God-man, and he will return “in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” – meaning in his humanity.

In the Kenosis passage that we wrote about on Tuesday, Jesus put on his humanity by pouring his deity into his perfect humanity. And the writing in that letter to the Philippians later says that Jesus maintains that form…

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)

Jesus didn’t shed his human skin. He still has a body—a “glorious body,” a perfected human body, a body like we haven’t yet experienced but one day will experience when he transforms us.

As well we know of the ongoing work and ministry of Christ as our mediator. Paul says to Timothy (1 Tim. 2:5) …

There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Paul speak clearly of Jesus in the present as “the man Christ Jesus.”

The resurrected body of Jesus, seen by many, retained the scars (John 20:26-27) …

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

And Jesus in heaven will be tangible to us in a form that we can see, hear, and touch (Revelation 22:3-4)…

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

And finally, have sung the praises this week of the fabulous book of Hebrews, it says of Christ that in an ongoing way …

For this reason he had to be made like [mankind], fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed 3-4 hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and am the editor of a Baltimore/Maryland sports blog called "The Baltimore Wire." My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with a Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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