Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood,
he himself likewise partook of the same things.
Jesus was human. Let’s look at evidence from the New Testament, showing His humanity. This is quite a list of His human condition. This list was compiled from an article at Desiring God, written by David Mathis.
He became flesh:
*John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
*1 John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.
*2 John 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.
He was born:
*Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
*Luke 2:40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
*Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
He became tired:
*John 4:6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
Jesus got thirsty and hungry:
*John 19:28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”
*Matthew 4:2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
He became weak, physically:
*Matthew 4:11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
*Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
*Luke 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
Not only was Jesus human and flesh before His death, we see evidence that after His resurrection, He had a real human body:
*Luke 24:3 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
*John 20:20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”
Jesus had a human mind and emotions:
*Matthew 8:10: When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.
He was sorrowful and troubled:
*Matthew 26:38: The he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
*John 11:33-35: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.
*John 12:27:“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.”
*John 13:21:21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
*Hebrews 5:7:7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
Back to “Consider Jesus,” the Advent Devotional by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, as she sums up Jesus’ humanity:
“Bottom line: Jesus came to earth to be like us. Not only was He physically human, but He also had a human makeup and soul. He possessed all the elements we understand and experience as being parts of our human nature. Whatever it means to be a human being, apart from sin, Jesus had it. Jesus lived it.”
Without Jesus we are sinners with no hope. Because Jesus came to earth, fully man, and lived a sinless life; a life we could never live. Now, we can say:
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20)
Here is today’s portion of the Advent Kit: