Who was Jesus as a man?
The Nicene Creed of A.D. 325 stated that the Lord Jesus was both perfectly man and perfectly God. The statement in this creed is the one followed by fundamental evangelical Christians. In this article we will look at His humanity. He was not a phantom or apparition which is the doctrine of Docetism. He was a real flesh and blood human being, he was born as a baby and grew up just like any other human child to adulthood but without sin. He was tempted by Satan himself but did not yield to the temptation. He had all the human experiences and emotions, in John 4 we read that He sat down because He was tired (vs 6); He asked for a drink because He was thirsty (vs 7); He sent the disciples into to town to buy food, because He was hungry (vs 8). He expressed anger and disappointment (Mk. 3:5) and He wept (Jn. 11:35). He did what is common for all humans, He died (Heb. 9:27-28). In order for Him to atone for the sin of mankind, He must be totally man and must not have any sin for which He must atone. He was the perfect man and as such He bore our sins in His own body on the tree (I Pe. 2:24) that we might have everlasting life through faith in Him (Jn. 3:16).
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