The Humanity Of Christ: Sermon By Minister Lelli Mandela
If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.Colossians 3:1-2 (AMP)
I will set My dwelling in and among you, and My soul shall not despise or reject or separate itself from you. And I will walk in and with and among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people.Leviticus 26:11-12 (AMP)
So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people’s sins. For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] [H]to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].Hebrews 2:17-18 (AMP)
Being humane is linked with empathy, being merciful and being capable of fault.
When we think of the humanity of Christ, we are left with the question of whether Christ was capable of being having fault.
Why would a perfect God want to take upon Himself the nature of man? To be relatable to mankind on the nature of their humanity. To also atone for sin as a perfect sacrifice because since the penalty of sin is death, He became death for us. He took our place.
When Christ came, He was to be like His brethren in every respect, so that He can be a merciful High Priest.
It was vital for Christ to be like His brethren in every respect; relatable to mankind on the nature of their humanity, for us to see who He is.
He came to be the perfect sacrifice and as a perfect example to us on what it is to be human and how men should conduct themselves with others.
In His humanity, He showed us what compassion really is all about. All of Christ’s actions and miracles found root in compassion. E.g. Raising Lazarus from the dead, feeding the 5000.
Compassion to humanity is at the core of service/ministry.
When we have no compassion in the place of service, it shows our ill motives for service (pride and self-righteousness).
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.John 1:1-18 (NKJV)
Christ shows us who He is so that we can show people who Christ is.
People can be aware of the word of God but not meet the humanity of Christ. Service is allowing people to meet the humanity of Christ in us.
We ought to meet with the humanity of Christ in our personal lives before we can share Him with others.
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.John 1:14 (AMP)
The word of God needs to be flesh in us, changing us and helping us become who He has called us to be on earth in light of His purpose.
The core of relationship is friendship. We ought to be friends with God.
And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God’s will in thought and deed), and he was called God’s friend.James 2:23 (AMP)
I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]John 15:15 (AMP)
We can have the humanity of Christ realized in us when we are in relationship with Him.
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