Why Does Jesus' Humanity Matter?

By Mitch Marczewski

Christ’s humanity is extremely important in our lives as believers. Christ kept the law and covenant in our place (Rom. 5:18-19). He bore the curse of sin in our place. He is the mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5) and our faithful High Priest (Hebrews 2:14-17). He took our sin, in our place and empowered us to be like Him. How can He do all of these things without being fully human like us? He also gives us a model for a Spirit-empowered, holy life (1 John 2:6). He causes ever increasing purity in our lives (1 John 3:2). We’re being transformed into His likeness (2 Cor. 3:18) and conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29). We are to be made like Him (1 Peter 2:21; Phil 3:10; cf. Acts 7:60; 1 Peter 3:17-18, 4:1) One of the most practical reasons for His humanity is that he is able to sympathize with us in our witness. Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15-16 tell us that he was tempted like us and was like us in every way but without sin. This gives us great comfort. Consider what C. H. Spurgeon says:

“Being with us in our nature, God was with us in all our life’s pilgrimage. Scarcely can you find a halting-place in the march of life at which Jesus has not paused, or a weary league which he has not traversed. From the gate of entrance even to the door which closes life’s way the footprints of Jesus may be traced. Were you in the cradle? He was there. Were you a child under parental authority? Christ was also a boy in the home at Nazareth. Have you entered into life’s battle? Your Lord and Master did the same; and though he lived not to old age, yet through incessant toil and suffering he bore the marred visage which attends a battered old age. Are you alone? So was he, in the wilderness, and on the mountain’s side, and in the garden’s gloom ... where can you find yourself, on the hill top, or in the valley, on the land or on the sea, in the daylight or in darkness, - where, I say, can you be without discovering that Jesus has been there before you? ... How charming is the fact that our Lord is “God with us,” not here and there, and now and then, but evermore.”

Christ’s humanity is practical because it is an essential element in our salvation, Christian life, and eternal life. He saves us from our sins by becoming like us and dying for us; He gives us a model for holy living; and gives us hope for the future by defeating death. In the fires and in the rivers, in the cold night and under the burning sun, he cries, “I am with thee. Be not dismayed, for I am both thy companion and thy God.”