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Fully Human

But so you will know that the Human One has authority on the earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“Get up, take your cot, and go home.” -Matthew 9:6 (CEB)

Ever stop and think about the fact that Jesus became human? We hear it all the time, spoken and read in churches. But... have you ever really contemplated what that truly means?

There is a translation of the Bible that refers to Jesus as the Human One. It is called the Common English Bible. To be honest, I often dismiss new translations of the Bible, thinking the only motive to create them one of profit or perhaps ego (thinking I can re-invent the wheel and somehow make it better). This is especially true when the collaborators are largely from mainstream, liberal protestant churches. But the fact of the matter is that I like the Common English Bible as well as several modern versions. While I may not use it on a daily basis or for serious study, it does have its merits. For one, it has driven home the idea to me that Jesus was not just fully God, but also fully human.

Recently, at a Calvary Chapel I attend, we embarked on a Bible study called The Bible in Daily Life. In our study of the last part of the second chapter of Luke, it really stood out to me that Jesus became human. What a gift for His creation, to become one of us and experience what we experience! That really makes it hard to accuse God of not understanding our suffering or any of our problems in life!

He grew up like a young plant before us,
    like a root from dry ground.
He possessed no splendid form for us to see,
    no desirable appearance.
He was despised and avoided by others;
    a man who suffered, who knew sickness well.
Like someone from whom people hid their faces,
    he was despised, and we didn’t think about him.
It was certainly our sickness that he carried,
    and our sufferings that he bore,
    but we thought him afflicted,
    struck down by God and tormented.
He was pierced because of our rebellions
    and crushed because of our crimes.
    He bore the punishment that made us whole;
    by his wounds we are healed. -
Isaiah 53:2-5 (CEB)

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