INTRODUCTION: The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is more than a man. He is God come in the flesh (John 1:1- 2, 14) He had the power to heal the sick, make blind people see, the lame walk, raise the dead, and even have power to command the winds and the wave to be still. Anyone who denies that Jesus is divine is departing from God's Word.
But this morning we are going to examine the other side of Jesus. When
he came to earth he emptied himself and became a man. He became like us.
He walked, talked, breathed, ate, slept, drank, and did everything else
that man would do upon the earth. He became like us!
I. JESUS BECAME LIKE US IN HIS LIABILITY TO HUMAN INFIRMITIES.
A. He suffered all the human frailties that we all suffer.II. JESUS BECAME LIKE US IN THE LIMITATION OF HIS KNOWLEDGE WHILE HERE ON EARTH.
A. Jesus had to develop in His knowledge.
A. As a child growing up he learned to depend on his parents.IV. JESUS BECAME LIKE US IN HIS LONELINESS.1. His mother and earthly "father" provided for all his physical needs. It is certain that Joseph taught him his trade, just like every other Jewish father did for their son.
A. While he worked he had no place to call his home.1. Luke 9:58- "And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.""B. He felt the pangs of being abandoned by his disciples.1. You can feel that loneliness in his statement to his apostles after many of his followers had abandoned him.C. Jesus even felt the pain of loneliness when he suffered alone on the cross.a. John 6:66, 67- "From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67- Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?'"2. You can feel that loneliness in Jesus wanting to take Peter, James, and John with him in the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.a. Matthew 26:37, 38- "And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38- Then He said to them, 91My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.'"3. You can feel the loneliness in his sad remarks to his sleeping disciples.a. Matthew 26:39, 40- "He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, 91O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.'" 40- Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, 91What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?'"1. Matthew 27:46- "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?""
A. Jesus was subject to temptation, just as we all are.1. Hebrews 4:15 "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."B. The Gospels record how Jesus was tempted by the Devil.1. Matthew 4:1ff
A. Jesus knew that he needed to do the Father's will while on earth.CONCLUSION: During the long war years a boy looked frequently at a picture of his daddy on the table. He had left when the boy was a young infant. After several years the boy had forgotten him as a person but he would often look at the picture and say, "If only my father could step out of that picture and be real...." On a sad day of sin when man had almost forgotten God, He stepped into the world in the form of His Son. Our Lord became a man so that we might live with God someday.1. John 9:4- ""I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work."B. Jesus "learned" obedience.
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