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The affirmation of the Christian Church is that Jesus was and is man. Numerous facts support this belief:

Jesus had a human birth, following a virgin conception (Matt. 1:18-2:11; Lu. 1:30-38);

Jesus developed (Lu. 2:52);

Jesus was tempted (Matt. 4:1; Heb. 4:15);

Jesus was hungry (Matt. 4:2);

Jesus ate and drank (Matt. 9:11; 11:19; Mk. 14:25);

Jesus had compassion (Matt. 9:36);

Jesus was surprised (Matt. 8:10; Mk. 6:6);

Jesus was sleepy (Matt. 8:24);

Jesus prayed (Matt. 14:23);

Jesus had relatives (Mk. 6:3);

Jesus was limited in knowledge, therefore, the need for development (Mk. 13:32; Lu. 2:52; Jo. 11:34; Acts 1:7; Heb. 5:8);

Jesus experienced agony (Lu. 22:44);

Jesus was weary (Jo. 4:6);

Jesus wept (Jo. 11:35);

Jesus loved (Jo. 11:36);

Jesus was thirsty (Jo. 19:28);

Jesus experienced death (Jo. 19:30);

Jesus was wounded and bled (Jo. 19:34).

Additionally Jesus is associated with “flesh,” which is not just something man has, but it is what man actually is; the word speaks of the identification of Jesus with man:

according to the flesh (Rom. 1:3);

in the likeness of sinful flesh . . . condemned sin in the flesh (Rom. 8:3);

in the body of His flesh (Col. 1:22);

in the flesh (I Pet. 3:18).

The conclusion is that the combined testimony of Scripture is that Jesus was and is man.

Jesus called Himself a “man”:
“a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.”
Jo. 8:40

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