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Jesus Was Real

The Apostle John made a very important point at the very beginning of his first letter – Jesus was real. He wrote in verse 1:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. – 1 John 1:1 (NIV)

Notice that John said that Jesus was heard, seen, looked at and touched. Jesus was not a ghost or a figment of his imagination. Jesus was real. Since Jesus was real, it means that He went through the full range of human experiences. He breathed air. He ate food. He probably stubbed His toe. He was even tempted to sin. What it all means is that Jesus knows what it is like to be human. This is why the Bible says that He can sympathize with us. Jesus is not aloof and unsympathetic toward us. He is kind and compassionate and that’s the kind of Savior we need and that’s the kind of Savior He is.

Fully Human. Fully Divine.

John 4:1-6 (NIV)

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

Jesus, on His way back home from Jerusalem, was getting tired. As He passed through Samaria, He sat down by Jacob’s well in a town called Sychar. I think that sometimes think of Jesus as this super-human superhero. We find it hard to believe or imagine that He ever got tired. But He did get tired. He grew weary. He was hungry and thirsty. He felt emotional and physical pain. Jesus was fully human. He needed to take a load off and rest.
Jesus was also fully God, as He demonstrates in the encounter with the woman at the well in verses 7-26. Jesus knew the hearts of people. Jesus performed miracles of healing and raising the dead. Jesus forgave sins. He was both fully human and fully God.
This is so important to try and wrap our feeble minds around. Jesus, being fully human, felt pain and when He went to the cross, He truly suffered and He really died. Being fully God, Jesus was sinless and unblemished. His sacrifice for our sins was pure and holy. No animal could effectively take away the sins of humanity. No other human being could ever fully atone for our sins, either. It is only through Jesus Christ that our sins could be forgiven.
PRAYER: Thank You for sending Your Son, O Father. Thank You for Jesus and His love. Thank You for His sacrifice. Thank You for forgiving me by it. I don’t want to take Your grace for granted. Amen.

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