Jesus, Fully God and Fully Man
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" "You see the people crowding against you," His disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." Mark 5:30-34, NIV
Let’s try to understand what has happened here. I believe this is a perfect illustration of Jesus being fully human, and yet fully God. The power left His body which healed the woman subject to bleeding, but Jesus didn’t readily know what had happened. As God, He had power just in His presence. As man, He was simply walking through the crowd of people.
Do you understand the awesome truth of this fact? If Jesus had not been fully man, then He could never have assumed our sins upon the Cross. If Jesus had not been fully God, He would not have been Holy, thus not being pure enough to be our perfect sacrifice. Jesus needed to be fully man, and yet be fully God.
Tony Evans, the great preacher from Texas, adds another dimension to it, however. If Jesus had not been fully man, He would never have experienced life as we know it. Think about it. Has God ever been hungry? Jesus has. Has God had His feet stepped on in a crowd? I suspect Jesus has. Has God ever been beaten, nailed to a cross, or hung to die? No, but the man Jesus has! Jesus, fully God, experienced life as fully a man.
That means that when you and I are facing real struggles in life; real pain, Jesus understands. He’s been there and done that! He’s walked where we walk. He’s lived where we live. And, though He never sinned, He faced all the temptation that you and I face everyday.
What difference does that make for us today? Praise God, that as He sits at the right hand of God, interceding on our behalf, we know He has empathy for our struggles. It also makes Him more relevant as we take Him our cares and concerns today. He understands.
Oh, Lord, may we touch the hem of your garment today!
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