Jesus' Two Natures

The introduction in John's Gospel is theologically deep. Not everyone loves theology, "C'mon, just stick to the gospel," yet theology is the understanding of God.


A deeper theology helps to expand a deeper trust, a richer relationship with God.


The biblical authors speak with one voice that there is One True God who eternally exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.


Last week, the apostle John established that the baby born on Christmas morn; the Child whom the wise men worshiped; the Man who said He is the Light of the world; who came to restore our broken fellowship with God is the Second Member of this Holy Trinity.  


John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.


And then John tells us one more amazing thing about the Word,


John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.


The eternal "Word became flesh." He didn't shapeshift into a man or rent a body then jettison His humanity when He was through.


When Jesus was conceived the Word became flesh. God entered our ranks, the human race. The Second Person of the Holy Trinity permanently fused Himself into a human body and permanently added into Himself a human nature. Changed forever.


"In the beginning the Word was God." But now the Word has also became Man, Jesus, one of us. Not only physically but in His nature. 


So the most unique Person, Jesus, has two natures: divine and human.

  

Hebrews 1:3 Christ is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and He upholds all things by the word of His power.


This speaks of the Son's eternally divine nature. Yet the apostle Paul says of the Son of God,


Philippians 2:6 who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.


This is what every cult seems to miss. Each claims Jesus is human or divine, never both. God or Man, not both. But Jesus is by very nature eternally Divine and fully human.


Luke 2:48 When Joseph and Mary saw Him, they were bewildered; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You!" 49 And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?" 50 And yet they on their part did not understand the statement which He had made to them.


He knew Mary as His human mom, but He also knew YHWH as His Eternal Father.


Jesus was called God. He was worshiped as God. In His divine nature, He created as God. He was prayed to as God. As Stephen was stoned to death he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." No doubt, in His divine nature, Jesus knew He was God.


But in His human nature Jesus matured, His mind developed as an infant, as a ten year old, as a twenty year old. In His human nature, Jesus thirsted. He tired. He had to learn to deal with obnoxious brothers, and annoying parents. In His human nature, Jesus was tempted. He bled, He died…


Hebrews 5:8 Although He was a Son, [God's Son eternally beforehand] He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him…


God's Son became human and in His nature Jesus was tested in suffering. Amazingly Jesus learned obedience to God as a human even through His suffering. He wasn't spared. He knows pain. Being perfected on the cross, perfectly passing the test, Jesus grants eternal salvation to all who believe.


Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people; 18 and since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.


So, Jesus is fully God forever, as well as fully Man. When you realize this, some of Jesus' more fantastic statements which drove His critics crazy make sense because only someone fully divine and fully human could say them.


John 3:13 "No one has ascended into heaven, except He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes will have eternal life in Him."


Only Jesus could say any of these. Only Jesus could says to the Father, "And now You, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world existed." (John 17:5)


Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


This speaks of Jesus' eternality, His omnipresence, His infinite authority in heaven and on earth, and the call to love and obey Jesus above all else.


No other mortal can honestly say these. Jesus spoke as God and as Man. He gets God, He gets us. He represents God to us and He represents us to God.


Realize nothing compelled Him to do this except what? The Father's love for us. Yet He did. God became one of us. What does this say to you about God?


1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all time, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…


The God who was in the beginning, who created everything out of nothing, makes the dead come alive, and makes new beginnings. He brings us to God. This is the great news of Christmas, the Son came to bring us to God.


And none could do this but God Himself. Only God can forgive us. Only Christ is our righteousness. Yet God cannot die for our sins, He's eternal. God cannot shed His blood to pardon us, He is Spirit. Yet the Word became flesh. And now He can. And Jesus Christ is the only One in the universe who can.


God cannot shed His blood to pardon us, He is Spirit. Yet the Word became flesh. And now He can. And Jesus Christ is the only One in the universe who can.


1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all...


If a believer has ever told you "Jesus Christ died for your sins," this is the One we speak of. If you've ever been told, "God gave up His only Son for you," this is who God gave up for you.


When other believers tell us, "Don't worry, trust Jesus; He has it"—this is who has it. Or if you've ever heard a brother or sister say, "Don't fear, Christ is with you"—this is who's with you. He gets you. He gets God. He lavishes grace in terms of wisdom, guidance, protection, healing, forgiveness.


Yet be aware of the change to the Second Member of the Trinity and the change He went through for you. His sacrifice is far larger than dying on the cross.


It's one thing to die for someone you love, it's another to become a completely different species for to rescue those who've disregarded you. Yet that's what John tells us about our Lord right here.


John 1:14 The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.