I rejoice and am thrilled every time I read about Jesus in John 1:1,14 (ESV), In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
As we know, Jesus has two natures. He is fully man (Mt. 1:23) and fully God (Colossians 2:9). Christ’s human traits, including his natural desires, decend from his mother who is a descendent of Adam. This is revealed by Scripture in Hebrews 4:15 (ESV), “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.“
And as we just read in John, chapter one, Jesus is fully God. Perhaps rightly, we often focus more on the divinity of Jesus and minimize Jesus the man. Yet there would be no salvation without the man, Jesus.
In the man Jesus, God provided, on behalf of us, the unblemished Lamb, to pay the penalty for our sins. As R.C. Sproul said, “He (Jesus) satisfied the ransom demand for our release from captivity to sin.”
This substitution by Jesus for us required that Christ Jesus be a descendent of Adam. That’s why it says in Hebrews 10:5 (ESV): Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
It took a sinless descendant of Adam to qualify as the sacrificial lamb. John the Baptist confirmed that Jesus was this lamb: The next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 ESV)
It’s the man Jesus Christ of Nazareth that understands me and mediates (i.e. arbitrates ) for me. It is the righteousness of the man Jesus that the Father sees when I come before Him. It is the blood of this man Jesus that the Father sees as the propitiation of my sin.
During this Christmas season, let’s take time to thank Jesus for His humanity and His deity.