The Humanity of Christ

In his book, The Incomparable Christ, J. Oswald Sanders sets forth a readable narrative that draws on the Scriptures for deep thoughts served up in bite-sized pieces, pieces which nevertheless may require considerable chewing.

In one section he discusses the humanity of Christ and suggests that those who want to dismiss Jesus Christ as an irrelevancy often  presume that the writers of the four Gospels are easy targets whom they can easily destroy in pursuit of their larger goal.  With their insight and intellect in hand, these poorly armed critics accuse Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of many faults and fractures including the charge that they simply made Jesus up.  They invented Him.  They designed Him.  They proposed a perfect life and wrote it up.  That’s what the critics suggest they did.  But there’s a mighty problem with that.

Sanders points out the simple truth of the matter:

Our Lord’s consenting to be subject to human limitations was part of the mystery of His great self-humiliation…He displayed the ultimate in human perfections.

To conceive and portray a perfect character is beyond the powers of erring man.

Then how could these Galilean fishermen conceive such a life?  The simple answer is that they did not.

They merely recorded faithfully the life of One who had lived in their midst and whose inmost life had been open to their scrutiny as they had daily relationship with Him.

If any fact stands out crystal clear in the New Testament, it is the complete and genuine humanity of Jesus Christ.


     When considering the incarnation, don’t start in Bethlehem.

The incarnation did not occur in Bethlehem with a baby.

It occurred nine months earlier with two cells.

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