Only God Can Do the Math

 

Math, everyone does it. You either like it or avoid it. You may be able to do easy problems or hard problems, maybe good at anything from addition to calculus or something in between. But for whatever level of math you can do, there is an understanding that 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 1. But God’s mathematics are on a whole different level. When Jesus came to Earth, He broke the basics of our understanding of math, for Jesus has 2 full natures, not just one. For Jesus is both fully man and fully God. He is not a little of both, He is fully both.

As we grow in our relationship with Jesus we must always be continuing to know him more and more. If you will give me a few minutes today, I want to look at a few points of why it is that Jesus is both fully man and fully God. I believe that it is important for us to understand this fact of who Jesus is for our lives. Because when we have a clear understanding of the identity of Jesus, it allows our relationship with Him to be even closer. For if Jesus is not fully both man and God, He wouldn’t be who He said He was. He would be a liar and would not be able to be the source of humanities salvation.

You see Jesus was not just a man with divine qualities, in fact, His divine qualities point to Him as God. Let’s start all the way at His birth on Earth, for it is the only birth in history to be a virgin birth. It starts with the supernatural nature of the event.

30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. – Luke 1:30-35 NLT

But why it points to more than just an event in history, the reason for Jesus being God is found in the last part of verse 35, “So the baby to be born will be holy, and will be called the son of God.” For humanity’s sin nature has been passed down from generation to generation through fathers, going all the way back to Adam. But, since Jesus doesn’t have a human father, but has a heavenly father He doesn’t inherit a sin nature but inherits a holy nature. So even becoming man He remains His divine, sinless nature. Which separates Him from all the rest, overall people who have come before, whether a teacher or a “good man” alike. His divine nature allows Him to remain sinless in His life and be an example for all of us.

21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. – 1 Peter 2:21-22 NLT

Furthermore Jesus also openly in the New Testament points to Himself being God, with He Himself claiming to be Son of God.

70 They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the Son of God?”

And he replied, “You say that I am.” – Luke 22:70 NLT

He also openly called God His Father, thus pointing to being equal with God the Father.

17 But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” 18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God. – John 5:17-18 NLT

He did so many more times through the scriptures. But He alone was not the only one to testify of Himself being God. It was recognized and recorded by the Apostles. Which further points to the fact that Jesus is God Himself. Because for no one before or after in scripture was called that. For no one from Israel had ever made the claim of Mose being God, or David being God, or Abraham being God. But yet the apostles did just that, and they even shared it among the early churches.

28“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. – John 20:28 NLT

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. – Colossians 1:15-17 NLT

For when we understand that Jesus is 100% God, it allows us to trust in the power that comes with it. He can and will do everything He said He would.

Now that we discussed Jesus being fully God, we must equally understand that Jesus is fully man. We can’t fall trapped into the false thinking of docetism, where they think Jesus body was not real, that it was just a celestial substance that only seemed to be human. Because the truth is that He is fully  human, His birth not only confirms He is God, but also confirms His humanity. Because He is born, Jesus had to grow up and develop.

40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him. – Luke 2:40 NLT

52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. – Luke 2:52 NLT

Jesus had to grow just like you and me, because He is actually human not just some thing that seems like it. Further proof that Jesus is man is that just like our bodies, Jesus’ body had limitations and needs. Jesus got tired, thus causing His body to need sleep in His life. Jesus also grew thirst and hungry, because just like our body it needed food and liquid for energy to survive. But beyond the physical, Jesus also has emotions just like we do. He had frustrations, moment of being discouraged and even heartache.

7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. – Hebrews 5:7-9 NLT

For Jesus made Himself human to show His love for us. Proving it in His willingness to even die for us.

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. – Philippians 2:5-8 NLT

It is important for us to understand the aspects of the truth of Jesus: that He is both 100% man and 100% God. For it allows us to know that He experienced life as we do. So that we know He can understand our needs and the correct way to bring comfort to our lives. And that He is also all powerful, and all knowing because He is God. For with being fully both man and God, He meets the requirement for sacrifice for our salvation.

14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. – Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT

In closing I hope that you will continue to go deeper in the word, to know Christ more and more and to know that Jesus became man for each and every one of us. But He also never ceases being God. The math for us 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 1, but for God ultimately in life, only God can do the math.


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