Memory Verse: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
INTRODUCTION: In the last lesson we considered God and found that He loved us enough to send His Son to die for us (John 3:16). But we should not forget that the Son loved us so much that He was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Everything about Jesus was extraordinary, from His virgin birth to His miraculous resurrection. Because He was the Son of God with power to perform miracles, the wisdom to understand all things, and the promise of glory and authority in the future, we tend to overlook the fact that He was also human.
He grew up much like any other boy of His time. He faced problems and temptations like the rest of us. He had to choose between a life of ease and glory or one of privation and persecution. If we think that this was easy for Him then we haven’t fully comprehended the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. There He spent time on His knees in agony, pleading with His Father to find another way that He would not have to die on the cross.
We often think our problems are great and nobody has ever experienced the mental distress and agony that we have to endure. I have faced some diﬃcult situations but never to the extent that I sweat “as it were great drops of blood.” Why, then, should I feel that my problems are more diﬃcult to face than the ones that Jesus faced?
Jesus could have accepted Satan’s oﬀer of the kingdoms of the world. He could have been an important man of authority and power. Yet, because of His love for us He was willing to sacrifice this and to die an agonizing death that we might have eternal life.
Yes, Jesus was, and is, the Son of God. He is worthy of our praise, and we can never glorify Him too much. Yet, I fear that we often forget His humanity. It is because He was human that we can relate to His perfect example and reach out in faith, knowing that, as a man, He, too, was tempted. If He could overcome them, with His help, we can as well. It is His humanity that proves His love for us. It might be easy for God to die for others, but we know how diﬃcult it would be for us to die for those who are unlovely and who dislike us.
Thus, Jesus is a very unique person. He is both, the “Son of God” and the “Son of man.” He can do all things, yet He understands how we feel as weak humanity. It is great to be a part of His family and fellow heirs of the kingdom of God. It is a privilege to acknowledge Him as our Lord and Master.
- What phrase did Jesus use to describe Himself? Matthew 17:22; 19:28. [NOTE: The phrase “Son of man” is found 88 times in the Bible. It is usually used by Jesus in reference to Himself.]
- Why do you suppose He wished to emphasize His humanity? Hebrews 2:14-18; Hebrews 4:15.
- He was human, “the Son of man,” but what else was He as well? John 3:16-18.
- Whom are we to pattern our lives after? 1 Peter 2:21; How did He live? 1 Peter 2:22-23
- What important characteristic did He have? Matthew 26:38-39. How did He learn obedience? Hebrews 5:8-9. Have we learned that lesson?
- What role does He play at this time? Hebrews 7:24-25.
- What position does He hold in relation to the church? Ephesians 4:15-16.
- How does the truth of Jesus’ headship relate to your personal life?