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Was Jesus FULLY Human?
Most people say Jesus was immortal. They say He was God in a covering of flesh, and when He died, only His body died.
Is that what happened? Is that what you believe? Was Jesus, indeed, unable to die? Did He go to 'hell' to preach to fallen angels, while His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights?
We will begin with a look at Philipians 2 and verses 5-8.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
"But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
"and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the 'cross."
A lot has been revealed in those few verses, so let's look at them more closely and see if we can understand what they are saying. In verse 5, this MIND that was in Jesus was the MIND of God the Father. In verse 6 we see that Jesus did not think it was 'robbery' to be equal with God. ( That is, when He was in the FORM of God - as The Word.)
When was this? John 1:1-3 and 10-11 answers that question.
"In the beginning was THE WORD, and THE WORD was WITH God, and THE WORD was God."
"The SAME was in the beginning WITH God."
"ALL THINGS were MADE by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made."
Now verse 10:
"He was IN the world, and the world was made BY Him, and the world knew Him
"And The Word was MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us.."
Here we see a great spirit being who was called The Word and who was WITH God, and WAS God. TWO GREAT BEINGS ... The Word and God (Almighty). TWO SEPARATE BEINGS.
Please note the word WITH in verse 1.
The Word made everything -- angels, the universe, the world, and humans! Then The Word was made flesh (by God Almighty) and lived among those whom HE HAD CREATED! What a beautiful truth!! DO YOU GET THIS?
Verse 15 through 18 explains that this great being was the same one who became Jesus Christ. So Jesus then, was equal with God Almighty when Jesus was The Word. That great being, The Word, was made "of no reputation" and took on Himself the form of a servant, a human being through His birth from Mary! The words "of no reputation" mean -- to make empty, to be in vain. (from the Greek word 'kenoo').
OF WHAT DID THE WORD EMPTY
HIMSELF TO BECOME JESUS?
Let John 17:5 answer that....
"And now, O Father, GLORIFY thou me with thine own Self WITH THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH YOU BEFORE THE WORLD WAS!"
So ... The Word was emptied of all His glory ... which included ALL His POWER. He was God in name only! God with us ...EMMANUEL .. and He gave up everything to become a human being so He could DIE FOR OUR SINS, paying the penalty of sin when He had DONE NO SIN!
Phillipians 2:8 shows He became obedient unto death, the death of the 'cross' (stake). OBEDIENT to whom? Why, God Almighty, of course!
According to Hebrews 2 verses 5 - 10, The Word was "made lower than the angels ... for the suffering of death."
Well yes, some may say, but Jesus had the power to perform miracles! YES HE DID, but whose power was it? John 5:19 and 30 shows that Jesus could do nothing without His Father's help. See also chapter 8 verse 28.
Jesus made the statement many times that He could do nothing of and by Himself!
NOW LET'S SEE HOW HE DID THESE THINGS!
John 11 beginning in verse 39. This was at the grave of Lazarus, one of Jesus' dear friends. Note particularly verse 41 through 44.
"... and Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me."
"And I knew that thou Hearest me always; but because of the people that stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me."
And, of course, verses 43 and 44 show that Lazarus was indeed resurrected from the dead by the power of God almighty to whom Jesus had prayed, and Lazarus walked out of the tomb still wrapped in grave clothes.
After all this some will still say that Jesus went to "hell" and preached to fallen angels while His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights. Is that true? Is that what 1 Peter 3:19 says?
Let's read it.
"By which (referring to the Holy Spirit mentioned in the previous verse) also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison."
Well, He did do that, but the question is...when was this and where was this that He did this preaching?"
Read verse 20 very carefully
"Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing."
It took 120 years for Noah to build the Ark, not three days! This isn't even talking about the time Jesus' body lay in the tomb! Also the word translated 'prison' in verse 19 doesn't mean "hell". It means a guarded place. A prison!
Perhaps they were talking about 2 Peter 2:4....
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to 'hell' and delivered them unto chains of darkness (that's also an interesting phrase) to be reserved unto judgement."
That word 'hell' is from the Greek word 'tartaroos' which means incarcerated (locked up) waiting for judgment. However, verse 5 also puts this time during the time of Noah! It is also a fact that this is the only time in scripture that the word 'tartaroos' is ever used.
Jesus is quoted in Luke 10:18 as saying He saw Satan fall from Heaven as lightning! Revelation 12:9 shows that Satan was cast out, of Heaven to earth. This earth is 'tartaroos' ... the place of restraint for fallen angels. This earth is ... HELL!
Satan was cast back to the earth, and bound here, because His throne is here and He will continue to be the god of this earth (2 Cor. 4:4) until Jesus returns to depose him. (But that is another subject for another time).
So to wind this up ... The Word was a great spirit being who was with God and was also God. He gave up everything to be made a human being, just like us. He was tempted as we are, yet without sinning.
He was sacrificed on the 'cross' (Greek=Stauros=stake) and died in OUR STEAD. He also died so we would not have to suffer eternal death.
Remember --- If only Jesus' body died, then He didn't really die and there was no payment for our sins!
One who had made everything and was worth more than everything He had made, was sacrificed for US. Then God gave back the glory He asked for when He prayed, as related in John 17. He had everything returned to Him that He had before... as The Word, and even more was added to those things. (That's also another subject for another time.)
Matthew 24 verses 27 through 31 show this resurrected Christ returning in POWER AND GREAT GLORY, and the book of Revelation shows Him setting up His kingdom on this earth!
Check out Revelation 11:15-19 to see what will happen when "the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord (God Almighty) and His Christ, and He shall reign FOREVER AND EVER". Yes ... God's Kingdom is not here yet, but it IS NEAR!
Also, we hope you see just how much The Word gave up so you and I could be saved from eternal death!