Saturday, 18 December 2021
Title: Jesus – Fully Man, Fully God
By: Chan Yew Thai

How do we know that Jesus Christ is fully Man and fully God?
The Bible tells us that Jesus is both fully man and fully God.

Jesus Christ is fully Man.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14a). Jesus has emotions. He wept when was told about Lazarus’s death (John 11:35). He was sorrowful and deeply distressed before going to the cross and prayed, “ O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will (Matthew 26:39).” He ate with Matthew and his friends, the tax collectors (Matthew 9:9-10), and other scriptures showed him feasting with people. He slept (Luke 8:23). He had a regular job as a carpenter (Mark 6:3). This list is not exhaustive.

Jesus Christ is fully God.
John 1:1 says, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” verse 14a, which implies that the Word who became flesh is Jesus Christ, points towards Him as God (John 1:1). In John 8:58 Jesus said to the them, “ Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” In the Old Testament, God addressed Himself as I AM. This is seen in Exodus 3:13-14, when God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses asked God what he was to tell them when asked who sent him. God’s reply was, “I AM has sent me to you.” The immaculate conception account recorded in Luke 1:26-35, said that Jesus is the Holy One and will be called the Son of God (vs 35), shows that He is God. The prophecies in the Old Testament prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth indicated that He is God. Christ would be filled with power, peace and the Spirit from birth (Isaiah 9:6); Jesus would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14); Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); a star would point the way towards Christ (Numbers 24:17); He would be worshipped by shepherds and presented with gifts (Psalm 72:9, 10-11); there would be great sorrow during the time of his birth because many children would be killed (Jeremiah 31:15) and other prophecies including his genealogy.

Why is it crucial that Jesus is both fully Man and fully God?
Jesus Christ died as a fully man, bearing our sins, deserted by God the Father. His obedience which conquered death, honoured by God seated on the right side of God (Acts 2:33), gives us hope of eternal life. His sufferings, pain, sorrow and other emotional needs – when betrayed by Judas Iscariot who is his inner circles (Matthew 26:14-16), denied by Peter who was close to him, not once but thrice (Luke 22:54-60), being rejected (Matthew 21:42), abandoned after his arrest, suffered beating, spat at, ridiculed and humiliated before the crucifixion, give us comfort that He understands our pain and sorrow.
His resurrection and ascension show that the one true God that we worship is alive and is able to redeem and reconcile us to God the Father. His omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience make Him the creator and in control of all things; having absolute power with nothing being impossible to Him; able to protect us wherever we are and able to lead, guide and teach us in all areas of our life because of His infinite knowledge.

Jesus Christ, our Saviour, can be trusted and depended on by everyone at all stages of our life and nothing is too petty or difficult for Him.

Prayer:
Merciful God, thank you for being fully man and fully God, giving us eternal life. It is comforting to know that whatever our experiences are, you have gone through it and you understand what we are going through. We can trust, lean and depend on you; knowing you are the Almighty God, our Creator and holds the operating instruction of our life in your hands. May we learn to submit all areas of our life to you daily.
Amen!

班底浸信教会
每日靈糧
2021 年 12 月 18 日星期六
標題:主耶穌——是人,也是神
作者:陳友娣姐妹
翻譯 : 王靖端姐妹

我們怎麼知道耶穌基督是完全的人,也是完全的神?
聖經告訴我們,耶穌既是完全的人,又是完全的神。

耶穌基督真是完全的人。
“道成了肉身,住在我們中間”(約翰福音 1:14a)。耶穌有情緒。當被告知拉撒路的死時,”耶穌哭了。”(約翰福音11:35)。在上十字架之前,衪非常悲傷和痛苦,”禱告說:『我父阿,倘若可行,求你叫這杯離開我;然而不要照我的意思,只要照你的意思。』”(馬太福音 26:39)。” 衪與馬太和衪的朋友、稅吏一起吃飯(馬太福音 9:9-10),其他經文中也記載衪與人共進筵席。衪睡了(路加福音 8:23)。衪有一份普通的木匠工作(馬可福音 6:3)。上面是部分的列述並非詳盡無遺。

耶穌基督真是完全的神。
約翰福音 1:1 說,“太初有道,道與神同在,道就是神”,14a 節含蓄地指道成肉身的道就是耶穌基督,指向祂是神(約翰福音1:1)。在約翰福音 8 : 58 ,耶穌對他們說:『我實實在在的告訴你們,還沒有亞伯拉罕,就有了我 (我就是)。』在舊約中,上帝稱自己為“我是”。這在出埃及記 3:13-14 中可以看到,當時神呼召摩西帶領以色列人出埃及,當被問到是誰派他來時,摩西問神要告訴他們什麼。神的回答是:“那自有的打發我到你們這裡來。” 路加福音 1: 26-35 記載的聖靈懷胎陳述耶穌是聖者,”因此所要生的聖者,必稱為神的兒子(或作所要生的必稱為聖稱為神的兒子)。”(35 節),表明衪是神。舊約中的預言在耶穌誕生前數百年就預言了衪是神。”因有一嬰孩為我們而生,有一子賜給我們。政權必擔在祂的肩頭上。祂名稱為奇妙、策士、全能的神、永在的父、和平的君。”(以賽亞書 9:6)基督從一出生就被能力、平安和聖靈充滿;耶穌將由童女所生 “必有童女懷孕生子,給他起名叫以馬內利(就是“ 神與我們同在”的意思)。”(以賽亞書 7:14);耶穌將出生在伯利恆”伯利恆、以法他啊,你在猶大諸城中為小,將來必有一位從你那裡出來,在以色列中為我作掌權的;祂的根源從亙古,從太初就有。」(彌迦書 5:2);一顆星會指向基督的道路”有星要出於雅各 “(民數記 24:17);他會受到牧羊人的崇拜 “住在曠野的,必在他面前下拜”(詩篇 72:9) ;並被贈送禮物 “他施和海島的王要進貢;示巴和西巴的王要獻禮物。諸王都要叩拜他,萬國都要事奉他。”(詩篇 72:10-11);在他出生的時候會有很大的悲傷,因為許多孩子會被殺害 “在拉瑪聽見號啕痛哭的聲音,是拉結哭她兒女,不肯受安慰,因為他們都不在了。”(耶利米書 31:15)和其他預言,包括衪的家譜。

為什麼耶穌既是人又是神很重要?
耶穌基督作為一個完全的凡人死了,背負了我們的罪,被父神拋棄了。祂的順服戰勝了死亡,”祂既被神的右手高舉(或作祂既高舉在神的右邊) “(使徒行傳 2:33)被上帝所尊榮,給了我們永生的希望。祂的苦難、痛苦、悲傷和其他情感上的需求——被祂的核心圈子的加略人猶大出賣, “從那時候,他就找機會,要把耶穌交給他們。”(馬太福音 26:14-16),被親近他的彼得否認,不是一次,而是三次(路加福音 22:54-60) ),被棄絕 “耶穌說:『經上寫著:匠人所棄的石頭』”(馬太福音 21:42),被捕後被遺棄,在被釘十字架之前遭受毆打、吐口水、嘲笑和羞辱,這些經歷讓我們感到舒慰,因為衪能了解我們的痛苦和悲傷。

衪的復活和升天証明我們敬拜的獨一真神還活著,並且能夠救贖我們並使我們與父神和好。衪的無所不能、無所不在、無所不知,使衪成為創造者,主宰萬物;擁有絕對的權力,對衪來說沒有不可能;無論我們身在何處,都能夠保護我們,並能夠在我們生活的各個領域領導、指導和教導我們,因為衪擁有無限的智慧。

耶穌基督,我們的救主,我們每個人生命的各個階段都可以信任和依賴衪,對衪而言沒有什麼是小事或是難事。

禱告:
仁慈的上帝,感謝祢成為全人全神,賜給我們永生。令人欣慰的是,無論我們所經歷的如何,祢都體驗過,並且了解我們正在面對的處境。我們可以信任、倚靠和依賴祢;知道祢是全能的上帝,我們的造物主,將我們生活的運行指南握在祢的手中。願我們學會每天將我們生活的所有領域的事無巨細都交托給祢。阿門!