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February, 2013


A Short Explanation

Posted: February 21st, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

100% human and/or 100% God? Son of Man, Son of God? Understanding Jesus should be simple but, let’s face it, it’s not. It becomes even more complicated once the Holy Spirit is introduced at the party. Then to complicate our struggling understanding even further, we also get to couple up with the Holy Spirit? Then it’s even more difficult to understand even who we are in all the confusion. One step at a time. It starts with God as the Holy Trinity, whereafter; “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NIV). The flesh was 100% man, whom his parents and everyone thereafter were told to call Jesus. He grew up to be a carpenter, but every step of that journey, was under the watchful and tutorial eye of his Father, God. When he was ready, Jesus began his very purposeful time and journey; “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16, 17 NIV). Jesus welcomed and rejoined the Holy Spirit, without any doubts, but of course He was still 100% man but also then acknowledged as the Son of God. He continued His journey by picking His disciples (followers), with the wisdom and insight of the Spirit as His eyes. “When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” (John 1:47-49 NIV). Jesus was seeing and understanding without limitation, without hindrance, physical barriers, confusion or distraction, as only God can. Jesus was man, still Jewish, still a carpenter, but then fully enabled with the power of the Spirit. It was only after His journey was fulfilled, when He was resurrected and ascended or retuned to heaven, that He once again resumed His full time role within the Holy Trinity. He became, once again 100% God, seated at the right hand of the Father.

With that resurrection the last part of our confusion is introduced, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV). After His death but before His Ascension, “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21, 22 NIV). Those of us who “follow” Jesus are still 100% men and women, but with the power of the Spirit, thanks to Jesus and the Father. With our Savior seated at the right hand of the Father, we are so much more then we can understand, but we shouldn’t let that stop us from advancing, end our learning or our own journey of recognition.