|Jesus the Son of Man|
Jesus was human, very human, perfectly human. His divinity had no beginning, but His humanity did. His humanity began in the womb of the virgin Mary when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her on which occasion the God-Man was conceived. This conception led to the birth of the Christ child. In a physical form, the baby, soon after birth, was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.|
The first prediction of His entry into the world was made in the garden of Eden when God was clashing with the serpent over the fall of Adam and Eve. The message that God put to the serpent was most severe. He said, "Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: and I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:14, 15.
The term "her seed" gives testimony that the one who would bruise the serpent's head would be human, the son of a woman.
New light was shed upon the fulfillment of this prophecy when Isaiah said, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given." Isaiah 9:6.
Both references regarding the seed of the woman and the birth of the child refer to the son of Mary and the birth of Christ.
The son of Mary was the Son of Man who was taken by Joseph to Egypt and called by the angel to return to Nazareth. At the age of twelve He was found in the Temple in Jerusalem conversing with Jewish officials. Following this Temple experience, He accompanied His parents to Nazareth where He as a normal boy grew, and increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
At the age of 30, He submitted Himself to John the Baptist for baptism and was soon led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness. The temptations strengthened Him for the launching of HIS spiritual kingdom. On various occasions throughout His earthly life, He manifested His humanity. Being hungry, He ate meals among the common people. Being thirsty, He asked for a drink from a Samaritan woman. Being weary, He entered a ship and slept on a pillow.
He was a man tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. He was the perfect man. He was perfect in love, in attitude, in power, in wisdom, in kindness, and in actions. He made perfect decisions, perfect dealings, and perfect answers. He was the perfect Savior, the perfect Lord, the perfect King, the perfect High Priest, the perfect Judge, the perfect Teacher, the perfect Prophet, the perfect Master, the perfect Captain, the perfect Son of God and the perfect Son of Man. He filled all these offices as the perfect human being.
ASSIGNMENT: Isaiah 52:14; 53:2-11; Matthew 1:18; 8:24; 13:55; 21:18; 26:12;
Mark 1:13; 4:41; 6:14, 16; 9:31; Luke 2:52; John 1:14; Acts 1:14; 13:23; Romans 1:3; Hebrews 2:9-17; 4:15.
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