Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18
People tend to look at Jesus in one of three ways. In the first they tend to focus on His humanity at the expense of His deity. The second tends to focus on His deity but ignore His humanity. But the correct way is as fully and completely man and at the same time fully and completely God. That this third view is impossible for us mere mortals to fully grasp and understand is I think the reason so many come down as taking one of the first two views.
We can comprehend a man who is a great teacher and leader. After all there are countless examples throughout history. We can even find many who have lived exemplary lives. So for many thinking of Jesus in purely human terms is easy. Jesus is just another Buddha or Gandhi or Mother Teresa. And if Jesus is just a man then we have no obligation to put Him above any other wise sage.
Then there is the wholly God point of view. After all the Bible says Jesus is God’s Son so He must be spirit and not flesh. This point of view fits in with the viewpoint that all flesh is corrupt so hos could God’s Son be human. Only God is without sin, all men are sinful therefore Jesus must not be human.
of these views deny who Jesus was and why He needed this duel nature. The entire Gospel of John was written to dispel the nothing that Jesus was fully human and was bot man and God. In today’s verses the writer of Hebrews give us a reason that Jesus need to be like us. In order to reverse what Adam did when he committed the first sin Jesus had to live as us. He had to experience the same things we do and be tempted as we are. Just like Adam, Jesus the man was not born with a sin nature. Unlike Adam Jesus was able to reject temptation.
Satan told Adam he could be like God. He told Jesus that the world was His if only He would bow down and worship Satan. Where Adam failed, Jesus succeeded. Could Jesus have sinned? I am not qualified to answer that question but it seems to me that on some level it might have been possible to sin. Just as on some level it was possible for Adam not to sin. Still Jesus lived for over 30 years without sinning. Me, I think I am doing well if I can go 30 minutes sin free.
Another reason Jesus had to be fully human is that the sins of all humanity required a human blood atonement. I know that is not very popular in today’s society but God required a sacrificial lamb, one without blemish for the atonement. Jesus was the only one whose death could pay the price for humanity’s sins. Only someone with both a human and divine nature could do what needed to be done.
Don’t for a minute think that because Jesus was God that it was easy for Him. He still felt every lash of the whip. He was in agony when the nails were driven into His body. He suffered as He hung on the cross. He gave up for a short time all the power He had as God. He did all this because God loved us. God put Himself through all that for each and every one of us. He defeated death, the grave and Satan. Then He invited you and me to join Him in this victory. All we need do is to say yes.
Have a blessed day,