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1 Corinthians 15:21-22
Friday, September 16 2011

Fully God, Fully Man...

When Christ died on the cross, He died as a man:

"For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life.  -1 Corinthians 15:21-22, NAB

Many will debate, "was Jesus God or man?"  And, according to our beliefs, Jesus was fully God and fully man.  He was both God and man at the same time.  While He existed since the beginning as one Person of the Trinity, He also came down from heaven and became fully man as well.

Since the fall of man when Adam and Eve were in the garden, man has suffered death.  As sons and daughters of Adam, we know that death is a certainty in our lives also.  Yet, despite our certainty of death, we have hope in resurrection through Christ.  By becoming man and giving his life on the cross, Jesus gave us a way to salvation.  Through God's grace and mercy, we have the hope of everlasting life.

Paul teaches us that Christ's death on the cross, as a man, is essential to our salvation.  As a man, He felt the pain of the nails being driven through His hands and feet.  As a man, He felt the struggle to breath as He was lifted up on the cross.  As a man, He felt the immense sadness of seeing His mother and the ones He loved looking up at Him from the bottom of the cross.  What Jesus felt was real.  Simply because He was fully God does not mean that He did not feel the pain that comes as being fully man.

Christ truly suffered on the cross; the Father did not spare Him one bit.  And, Christ has challenged us to take up our own sufferings, carry our own cross.  Many falsely believe that faith in Christ means that we will no longer suffer, but the opposite can sometimes be true.  Just as Christ felt the pain on the cross, we will also feel the pain and sufferings of our own crosses, but do not be afraid.  By suffering here on earth, as Christ did, we are refining our hearts and spirits for heaven.  

Often times, It seems that only through our suffering can we truly find hope.  When things go well for us, we begin to forget about the sacrifice that was made on our behalf.  But, if we endure our own suffering, we are sharing in the suffering of Christ, and we can actually grow closer to Him through it.  You may be facing a time of suffering or trials right now, but carry your cross proudly.  For, it is in that cross that you will find peace and strength.  It is in that cross that you have the hope of life everlasting.

 

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