Why Did Jesus Become A Man?

If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth. ‚?? C. S. Lewis

Why did the Son of God have to become a true human being?

It may surprise you that you would need to consider a question like this. If you have been a Christian for many years, you may suppose that Jesus‚?? humanity is the least of your worries, because you may have had to spend time trying to convince other people (your friends who are in cults, for instance) that Jesus was really God. You‚??ve never had to waste any time proving that He was actually a man!

Unfortunately, if you are a Christian you may find that you have never considered this issue at all. In fact, you may suspect, deep in your heart, that Jesus was really not a real man. You may wonder whether He really sympathizes with you in the problems of human life. After all, wasn‚??t He sinless? How hard can that be?

On the other hand, if you are not a Christian, I hope that by considering the question of whether God had to become a man, you will be able to see clearly why you needed this kind of Savior, and why there can only be one Savior of the world.

I am assuming for the sake of argument that Jesus Christ is God the Son, Second Person of the Trinity. My task here is to ask, Was it necessary for God to become fully human, and why?

You may be surprised at this, but the New Testament writers spent as much time trying to convince people that Jesus came as a man as they did trying to prove that He was God. Let‚??s just review a few of the places in Scripture that insist that Jesus came as a man. I‚??ll put the important words in bold so they are easy to see.

Gal 4:4,5 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

Heb 2:16,17 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

1 John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.

You see that the apostles were very concerned that people know that their Savior was a true man, a man of ‚??flesh and blood,‚?Ě not an image or a spirit or simply an appearance.

Tomorrow: What are some reasons why Jesus had to become true man?




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One Response to “Why Did Jesus Become A Man?”

  1. ShapeNoteSinger Says:

    Funny that this should be your topic–

    On Wednesday at choir we were singing “Silent Night” and as we came to the line “Holy infant so tender and mild…” a baby in the room decided to throw a wall-eyed fit. It made me smile about “little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes…”

    I can’t imagine having Mary’s job.

    xo

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