Updated: Jan 27
Jesus got tired, hungry, thirsty, angry, and exasperated. He experienced loneliness, astonishment, disgust, and fatigue. He knew what it was like to be misunderstood, missed, overlooked, judged unfairly, and unknown and betrayed by those closest to Him. He sweat, got dirty, cut, bruised, scraped, and disappointed. He even pooped his diapers.
The Bible says that He withdrew by boat to a solitary place after hearing that his cousin died. (Matthew 14:13)
As believers, we try hard to find our identity in God. However, it amazes me to think that God embraced a life that affected Him to the degree of death, so that He could identify with us.
The Nicene creed, that Orthodox bastion of Christological doctrine, assures us that Jesus was indeed of one essence with the Father, and was made man. Fully God, Fully Man.
A man of sorrows yet, mostly glad and fully human. Laughing and weeping, with a joyous goal in front of Him: that of bringing many sons to glory.
Our elder brother and champion...Jesus Christ...Son of God...Son of Man.
As saint Athanasius, reflecting upon Psalm 82:6, said "God became man so that we could become gods."
"...His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature..." (2 Peter 1:3-4)
His favorite title was Son of Man...as if to declare that He was like us in every way except in sin...as if to say that God was now approachable...as if to show us how to be human again...how to recover our true selves.
Is it any wonder why Mary prophesied of herself, "...all generations will call me blessed."? The veneration of Mary has been one of the great tools of safeguarding the incarnation of Christ. It constantly reminds us that indeed He dwelt in and was delivered fro the womb of a woman. (My book Why Mary Matters explores this in detail)
"But He is in Heaven now...surely He can't still be human..." we juxtapose.
Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. (Luke 24:36-43 NKJV)