Summary: Conclusion to Nov. 1, 2009 Sermon on the humanity of Christ.
Dakota Community Church
November 8, 2009
Christ is Fully Man -2
Series: Incomparable Christ -Wk. 3
Partially Adapted from a Sermon by C.H. Spurgeon
From “The First Sermon in the Tabernacle” - Delivered on Monday Afternoon, March 25th, 1861
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
They never stopped… proclaiming… that Jesus is the Christ.
1. Christ is fully God.
If we take away the divinity of Christ from the gospel, we are left with no reasonable hope of salvation whatsoever.
John 1:1-3, 14
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Christ is fully God; beyond that fact however it is vital to fallen humans that:
2. Christ is fully man.
A sinless man fell; a sinless man had to redeem the fallen - A real man!
Jesus was in every way a human being just as we are, except that He did not sin.
13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
This is significant for us for a number of reasons.
(a) Having been a man, Jesus is sympathetic to our weaknesses.
(b) This changes how we approach the throne of grace.
This dilemma is illustrated powerfully in the book of Job.
1 Then Job replied: 2 "Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?
3 Though one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6 He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.
8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
11 When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
12 If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, ’What are you doing?’
13 God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.
14 "How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?
15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
16 Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.
17 He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.
18 He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.
19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who will summon him?
20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
21 "Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
22 It is all the same; that is why I say, ’He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23 When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
25 "My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
26 They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.
27 If I say, ’I will forget my complaint; I will change my expression, and smile,’
28 I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.