Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Man Christ Jesus

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

24th July 2011

The Nicene Creed of 381AD affirms,

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

Interestingly Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:5

‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus’

Here Paul is telling us that the eternal Son of God became human through his incarnation, and remains human forever.

Notice that here in 1 Timothy 2:5 Paul refers to Jesus, after his resurrection and ascension, as "the man Christ Jesus." The resurrected, ascended Jesus remains fully God and fully human (now glorified in his humanity). And the one who will return in glory will be fully God and fully human.

Jesus is the permanent union of God and humanity in his own person: one person with two natures.

Because Jesus, in his divinity, is humankind's Creator and Sustainer, his humanity has profound significance for all people everywhere in all times. In his humanity, he is the unique representative of and substitute ("stand in") for all humanity.

This is what we mean by referring to Jesus as the "vicarious human" (a statement concerning the meaning of his humanity for the benefit of all humanity).

Here's what this means:

What happened to Jesus in his humanity, happened to all of us:

  • When Jesus (who became sin for us) died to sin, we all died to sin
  • When he rose victorious from the grave, we all experienced in him victory over death and sin
  • When the man (resurrected and glorified) Jesus ascended to heaven, we all ascended with and in him.

Paul says that our lives are "hidden" in the life of Jesus (Colossians 3:3) - we don't now fully see who we are in him, but one day we shall.

Forever our lives will remain in him, because forever he remains human - the vicarious human. God with us and for us as one of us - the one for the many, the many in the one.

Have a good week reflecting on what the man Christ Jesus has done and is doing for us.

Pastor Barry

Back to top