DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART XI of XIII
By Frank J Manasseri
Is Jesus Christ – Fully Man and Fully God?
Peter and the other Apostles whom the Lord had chosen had been with the Lord during the days of His flesh. They had traveled with Him, they ate meals together, and they prayed with Him and had been witness to the signs, miracles, wonders and the mighty works, which He always credited to the Father. “These are not my works but the Father that sent me.”
One time He was approached and addressed as “Good Master”. He quickly corrected the individual and said “why call me good? There is none good but One, which is, God. Mt 19:16; Mk 10:17; Lk 18:18
At the tomb of His good friend Lazarus He wept. Other times Christ displayed anger towards those who attempted to stop the work of God. Often Jesus was moved with great compassion especially when He saw Israel scattered like sheep without a shepherd. Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34
These and many other examples may be found showing the full humanity of Jesus of Nazareth and how He did not come to do His own will but His Father’s.
Like all men He experienced pain, sorrow, disappointment, loneliness, hunger, and the entire range of human emotions.
In the garden of Gethsemane, His agony and temptation to find another way was so intense the capillaries broke in His forehead causing Him to sweat blood. Nevertheless in spite of all the temptations He overcame and said, “Not my will but thy will be done” giving glory to the Father Who had sent Him.
Peter watched as The Lord was taken prisoner, and was present when He was being beaten and interrogated by the Roman soldiers. Peter watched as they stripped and whipped Him. The Centurions placed a bag over His head and repeatedly punched Him. They taunted Him to prophesy as to who was hitting Him, as His head was covered. They openly mocked Him, and spit on Him. Peter was there when they crowned Him with thorns, put a reed in His hand, and covered Him with a scarlet robe. Mt 27:28
Peter saw the pain in the Lord’s eyes when the Lord turned and looked after Peter denied Him for the third time. Lu 22:61
Peter knew that Jesus was fully human, and he knew that there was no other man he had ever known like this Jesus of Nazareth. No one else had the words of life and did such wonderful mighty works as Christ was able to do.
The Promise of the Father
Let’s return to Acts 2:33 and see what Peter learned while he was preaching on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:33 (KJV)
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
What a tremendous revelation and insight this is in observing how Jesus Christ became simultaneously both fully man and fully God!
The Greek word for the word received in this verse is lambano which means to take, take hold of, apprehend, to take or receive from another; to take what is given; hence, receive, pointing to an objective reception.
In Hebrews, the scripture declares that because the Son of God loved righteousness and hated iniquity that He would be anointed with the oil of joy or gladness above His fellows. When the Father anointed the resurrected and ascended Jesus of Nazareth with the oil of joy, it was without measure. At that precise moment, in the form of a resurrected glorified man, God the Father restored all of Christ’s divine attributes. All those attributes which the Son of God had willfully stripped Himself of were restored to Him.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
“He is an anointed King. Therefore, because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God anointed Him. When He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the throne, he received from the Father anew and in its fullest measure, as the son of Man, the gift of the Holy Ghost to bestow on His people. That spirit was to Him the oil of joy, the joy that had been set before Him, the joy of His crowning day when He saw of the travail of His soul, an anointing above His fellows, for there is none like Him; God gave Him the spirit without measure. And yet for His fellows, His redeemed, whom, as Head, He had made members of His body. They become partakers of His anointing and His joy. As He said, “The Lord hath anointed Me to give the oil of joy.” Christ our King, our God, is anointed with the oil of joy, anointed too, to give the oil of joy; His Kingdom is one of everlasting gladness, of joy unspeakable and full of glory.”2
2. Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, page 77.
To be continued. . .