Nolan Harkness on Jesus Suffered as a Man

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I always remember to thank Him for His suffering and dying on the cross and for the brutal beatings He took in the hours prior to the crucifixion. Have you ever considered that in reality He suffered His whole life in many ways as a man?

In 2nd Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV), it states “ For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Can you imagine with me for a minute that without question, yes He was God, very God without question but that He was also man, very man. He was flesh and blood born of a woman.  He was not born wearing a divine superman cape. In order for Him to qualify as being the spotless lamb, He had to be all man but at the same time He had to endure all temptation His entire life and not ever sin one time. He accomplished this through prayer and living a Godly life; using the very same means available to all believers as they pursue holiness.

Our human minds, and even our Christianized human minds seem to process this success by rationalizing to ourselves that He had some sort of extra “umph” inside Him that kept Him pure. To understand God the Father’s plan to send a “second Adam” we need to read 1st Corinthians 15:45, which states “ And so it is written ‘The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (NKJV)

We see records of Christ being tired, thirsty, and hungry. What He did He had to do as a man or He could not undo what Adam had done. He had to be a man just as Adam was a man.

Not much is mentioned of his childhood. Most theologians agree that there is an age of accountability; they feel that up unto a certain age, an age which only God knows, an age which is possibly even different for everyone, children are not held accountable for their actions. This means small children are not held accountable for sin, first of all, because of their age and secondly, they do not yet fully understand the difference between right and wrong.

We know that Jesus had step brothers and sisters. Most likely it was a pretty typical household with common conflicts and challenges. I’m sure their were temptations to shirk household chores, possibly steal from the cookie jar, not going to bed when expected, or have a wrestling match that started out for fun but turned into a fist fight with one of His other brothers. We just don’t know, however, because He was still a boy.  Most people understand that they would not be counted as sins because of God’s grace that’s placed on all childhood.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness