Did Jesus Come to Reveal Who Humans Are Fully?

Today’s blog post might seem a bit funny at first. It’s not only completely orthodox, but also absolutely needed.
Jesus is not only the Son of God (and fully divine), He is also the Son of Man and fully human. This means that Jesus not only came to earth to demonstrate and reveal who God fully is, but also to reveal who we are to fully be as humans. Jesus demonstrates what true humanity actually looks like, feels like and, most importantly, lives like.
Marilynne Robinson writes, “It is a truism that humanity is deficient in humanity.” And, that is absolutely, unequivocally true.
When you look around the world and see evil, hurt, violence, racism, destruction and a whole host of other evils, the problem is not with “humanity” per say, but rather our lack of “humanity.” The problem is that we are not living as we actually should; that we are missing the mark (the Biblicial term for sin), and it is having disastrous consequences.
To put it positively, true humanity is seen whenever love, generosity, grace and justice flourish. Anything short of this is actually anti-human. Which brings us back to Jesus and why we need Him.
As a Christian, I fully affirm that Jesus is divine, but also that He is fully human. I believe that Jesus reveals to us the path we are to take as human beings. He reveals to us how we are called to live in this broken world. He models a life of forgiveness, grace and justice in the presence of oppressing powers. We need Jesus to not only make us more Christ-like, but also more human, not less.
So, what does this all mean practically? It means that if you want to be part of changing the world, it means embracing your humanity and especially embracing Jesus to guide you into it. Because it’s the path of Jesus that will bring healing to this world. Not just us denouncing evil, but us living differently. Us living into our full humanity. In essence, living like Jesus in and through Jesus.

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Andrew is the Teaching Pastor at Bethany Community Church, in St. Catharines, ON. He is passionate about Jesus, people, their stories, and great food. He blogs at Andrews mills.ca

  • HpO

    If, as you say, brother Andrew Mills, “Jesus reveals … [and] models a life of forgiveness, grace and justice in the presence of oppressing powers … [so as] to … make us more Christ-like, … [i.e.] more human … [by] guid[ing us] into it … [our] humanity” – why, then, did He have to do all the following?

    (1) Be led into temptation by the Spirit of God. (2) Transgress no Mosaic law but fulfill not only it in its entirety but all the Prophets’ Messianic oracles, too. (3) Suffer persecution and crucifixion to the point of death. (4) Be buried dead for 3 days, no more, no less. (5) Resurrect. (6) Reign over heaven & earth together with the Father at His left hand and on His throne next to His. Then (7) return to earth to judge every single human being in history.

    What was that all about?

    • pastorandrewmills

      What I would say that is all about, is him faithfully following the will of the Father in all things to redeem all of humanity, so that we might follow him fully in our humanity.

      • HpO

        A bit of an overkill, though, don’t you think? To such extent, from (1) to (7) just to be “faithfully following the will of the Father in all things to redeem all of humanity, so that we might follow him fully in our humanity”?

        Look at Martin Luther King Jr. or Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Pope Francis. They too were/are “faithfully following the will of the Father in all things to redeem all of humanity, so that we might follow him fully in our humanity” – no? But what they had been doing wasn’t done to such extremity. They didn’t do (1), or (2), or (3), or (4), or (5), or (6), or (7) – how come? Same goal as Jesus’ after all, just as you had pinned it down for us here. But totally different means of achieving it.

        What am I missing here?

        • pastorandrewmills

          To be honest I’m not sure I’m following the question, which is maybe why my answer didn’t seem to help. And I agree that those individuals you mentioned did do great things – but Jesus did all the things you mentioned to conquer sin and death so that we could follow him into living fully into our humanity without sin and death. But if that isn’t helpful – so sorry – that I might be missing what you’re asking

          • HpO

            Well, there it is: “Jesus did all the things you mentioned to conquer sin and death so that we could follow him into living fully into our humanity without sin and death.”

            Just that throughout your article above, its absence is glaring. It’s like you forgot to bring with you that beautiful little guy on the shoulder of his beautiful big dad, when you’re on your way out of the door toward a beautiful sunny day outside meant just for your kid.

            The gospel of God & Jesus should always remain on our shoulders when we interact with the world talking about this and that, is all. Thank you, my brother in Christ.