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Human God

By Michael Lane, Executive Director, Delve Christian Ministries
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I have fond memories of the 1985 movie, D.A.R.Y.L. I was 9 years old when it came out, about the same age as the title character. Daryl is an android, one so sophisticated that no one would have the slightest idea if not for his super-human abilities. But after having escaped from a top secret government lab, Daryl wants nothing more than to fit in with his adopted family. He tries to do all the same things boys his age do so as not to arouse suspicion, but if you were Daryl's adopted family, knowing that he was a machine covered in human flesh, could you love him as deeply as your own children? If he became adept at acting like other boys his age, could you forget he was little more than a computer wearing a human mask? If you hurt his feelings by saying something mean or thoughtless, could you shrug it off? If he fell and scraped his knee, would you feel sorry for him?

Many of us are guilty of seeing Jesus this way. We have no trouble remembering that Jesus is God, but we minimize and overlook the fact that He is also fully human. Jesus was not just God in a human mask, nor was He merely a spirit indwelling a human body. Jesus Christ was as fully human as you are.

There was a time in His life when He could not read or write; someone had to teach Him how. We can imagine that at some point during His childhood, He fell and scraped His knee and Mary carefully tended to His wounds. For nearly a decade before His ministry began, Jesus lived with His family and earned a living. He got angry, experienced disappointment and sometimes cried. He felt joy and love. He was tempted.

However, it is when we think about His death that we must not fail to remember Jesus' humanity. As we think about the extraordinary suffering that He endured during His final days, we must not trivialize His anguish by appealing to the fact that He was God. Jesus was not granted any supernatural protection, emotionally or physically, from the torture He endured. He felt every blow of the beatings. He felt the nails pierce His flesh.

Perhaps worse still was the anticipation of what He was about to endure. Jesus was completely aware of the fate which awaited Him and this knowledge filled Him with extreme anxiety. Let's take a look at Matthew's recounting of Jesus' anguish in the garden:

He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me." He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine." Matthew 26:38-39

From this prayer, we know that Jesus was experiencing the most powerful human emotions imaginable. In this way, we fully see His humanity; that Jesus was extremely apprehensive about His death on the cross, but He will endure it anyway. He will face the death which awaits Him because of His great love for us.

When you think of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, never forget that it was not just God who was nailed to the cross; it was a man who was terrified, tormented and alone.

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Nice devotional, thanks.
10/18/2007 9:37:29 PM - anonymous

Nice, I never thought of it that way before.

Kinda makes me wonder what kind of grades Jesus got in school ;)
10/28/2007 12:28:18 PM - TheBurford, Member of Delve into Jesus since 10/28/2007

nice devotion
the most part that i like is matthew 26:38-39
it show that we have to admit if we are going through something, not act like everything is fine even if its not.
in this chapter Jesus admitted that he is so crushed but because he wants only the will of GOD to be done he did it.
as christians we like acting as if we are good at all time and not admiting that we are so times crushed, we must admite maybe a fellow brother or sister might help
thank you so much
11/8/2007 8:31:33 AM - anonymous

Matthew 26:38-39 is certainly one of my favorite passages in the Bible, and I have written several devotionals about it. We can learn so much from this passage, for example, not pretending everything is fine when it's not, as you suggest.

I find a great deal of comfort in this passage because when I cry out to Jesus in pain, I know that he truly understands what it means to hurt, and He can be completely compassionate and empathetic.
11/8/2007 8:59:14 AM - Michael Lane

thats true, thanks for all the devotions they really encourage me a lot
11/9/2007 2:32:20 AM - anonymous

That Jesus died for us and that He loved us cannot be questioned. However, He said there was also another reason why He was letting man crucify Him. I have recently been impressed with Jesus' statement in John 14:31 as He spoke to the disciples just before His betrayal and crucifixion, He said, "BUT THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW THAT I LOVE THE FATHER; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I DO. Arise, let us go hence." Let us not forget one reason why Jesus went to the cross was His love for His Father! -thankful
11/10/2007 7:10:02 PM - anonymous

Dear thankful- thank you so much for writing your comment. Your insight is extremely profound and powerful, and I really appreciate what it adds to the meaning of the devotional. God Bless.
11/10/2007 8:12:56 PM - Michael Lane

Some Christians have forgotten this very basic thing as they are caught up in legalism. JESUS LOVES ALL WHO CHOSE TO BELIEVE HIM. WHO ELSE BUT GOD IS WILLING TO SACRIFICE HIS ONLY SON TO SAVE MANKIND FROM SIN!!! I'm willing to give up my own life to serve God in whatever capacity he ask me to with no regrets. How about you?
12/29/2007 5:34:36 PM - anonymous

I've enjoyed your devotional this mourning and how right you are. The suffering and pain our sweet Lord must have felt during his torture. I believe He did feel every aspect of it. His flesh literally ripped from His body. The cuts and bruises. Blood in eyes that poured down His forehead from where they pushed the crown of thorns down on His head. God's Word tells that He was beaten beyond recognition. I believe while in the garden that when He sweated drops of blood that the physical pain that laid ahead of Him was on His mind. How ever; I would say the greatest and horrifying aspect for Him was knowing that in a matter of hours He would be completely, one hundred percent separated from His Father. Because, He who knew no sin, became sin, and God, a most Holy God can not and will not look upon or dwell with sin! So while on the cross during His death, God turned His back on His Son. What matter of love is this! So when God gave His only begotten Son. God gave His all, and Christ gave His all. Why? Because He loved us! Praise God! Praise God! TkAcord-Floyd, Va.
1/31/2008 7:27:00 AM - anonymous

As Good Friday approaches, I am seeking to understand anew all that my Saviour endured for me. Familiarity with the story of Jesus' death and the preceding events can make us gloss over the pain and suffering that was there at every level. As if the physical pain was not enough, Jesus endured the agony of separation from the Father. On a human level, we can try to equate this to us being separated from a loved one, but perhaps we will never really know or appreciate the intensity of this one act of love and what it cost both Father and Son. Mankind has never been offered such a beautiful gift.

I am also challenged by Jesus' words "Yet I want your will, not mine". Jesus chose to remain perfectly obedient to His Father's will. When I consider how this obedience has changed our lives, I can't help but wonder the impact my obedience to God's will could have on others too (of course to a much lesser extent). Think about's God's will that we "go into all the world and preach the gospel..." - what changes could be made for eternity if I seriously took this as my mission? Today I will offer my praise, and worship the Father and Son for the unexpainable love I have received....and I will offer myself as a living sacrifice - being obedient to His call and will for my life.
Sydney, Australia
3/19/2008 4:10:09 PM - anonymous

I found this devotion very moving and it is true that at times I get so caught up with the divinity of Christ I forget that he is both God and at the same time fully human. Thank you for reminding me what it cost Jesus as a man to go through for me and all of us what he did
7/11/2008 5:11:23 AM - anonymous

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