Monday, March 30, 2009

Very God and Very Man

We confess that Jesus is entirely God and entirely man.  This means that we confess he has a true human nature as well as having a true divine nature.  As we approach Easter it's appropriate to give some thought to the implications of that doctrine.  Of course there are enough to fill many theology books.  But I'll try to cobble together a few here.
First, we notice that Jesus at no time left his divine nature behind.  He is uniquely the bearer of two natures at once.  Jesus did not stop being God when he was born as a baby.  He did not leave deity behind.  He bore it along with humanity.  
Second, we notice that on Good Friday, it is quite accurate to say that God died for me on the cross.  Jesus was dead.  Despite the divine nature, he was entirely and completely dead, as dead as any person ever was. 
Third, we realize that the resurrection is not a shedding of the human nature in order to take on pure deity again.  In the resurrection, Jesus remains human and divine.  Humanity is not something evil to be shed like a snake sheds its skin.  No, we don't shed humanity.  We shed sin as we are buried in the death of Christ and raised in newness of life.  We shed sin by faith as we grasp the washing of regeneration.  And in the resurrection to eternal life we don't shed humanity, we leave sin behind entirely.  
Jesus, true man and true God.  Truly.

Hey, keep praying for me, please.  The sick bay report says it all.  I've lost track of how many non-migraine days I've had in recent history.  And I've lost track because the number is so small.

1 comment:

RebekahC said...

A member of Cap'n Calvin's jolly crew salutes Cap'n Luther's mate.

No, contrary to Platonism, humanity is not the "dying animal" we want to be freed from. And the resurrection does indeed show us that, which I had not before considered. A physical, decidedly tangible body which is still entirely perfect! Something to look forward to, certainly.