3rd Update: 03/23rd/2021- Added a little more clarification on Christ’s perfection and being God.
2nd Update: 01/12/2021 – Revised and edited a few sentences.
1st Updated: 7/27/2020, scriptures have links now, and a few edits have been added. Jesus was always perfect, but on the cross He was perfected. This post focuses on Christ’s struggles as a human, like you or me, and how He always overcame because of His walk with the Father. We should never forget Jesus understands the human struggles because He lived it.
Christ was blameless. He was pure. We view the word “perfect” in a very worldly sense that often strips away how Christ was human, and His struggles being human. But we do need to acknowledge what separates Christ from us is the fact that Christ is, was, and will forever be God. We are not God. Christ being God is why Jesus was able to come to us as the Perfect Man and be the perfect sacrifice.
I wrote this with the hope that people can understand how human Jesus was. He got down on our level and because He got down on our level, we can now serve the Lord like He did. Scripture says He is our High Priest because He can sympathize with us, He understands. (Hebrews 4:15) There is this powerful movement throughout every single thing Christ did in His life. He was perfect, but at the cross, He was perfected.
Christ was challenged daily and He was able to overcome every single temptation and problem because of God. Christ was 100% God, but He also was 100% Man. He is referred to as the God-Man for this reason.(John 8:39-40, 1 Timothy 2:05-07, Philippians 2:05-08 and 1 John 4:02-03)
Christ lived His whole life denying Himself and following the will of the Father, not His. Though God, Christ never used the fact He was God to His advantage. He was always in submission to the Father. (Luke 22:42, John 4:34 & 14:31)
(NIV) Hebrews 5:07, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.”
Jesus Was Tempted & He Grew With God
I think sometimes we can lessen how Christ lived His life. Christ was tempted like any other man.
But Christ sought the Father deeply every single day. His prayers were intense. He disciplined His flesh and lost sleep many times, I’m sure. After preaching a whole day, we see Him leave the crowd and pray to His Father in private. There is a theme of Christ constantly drawing close to God in submission to His will.
Scripture shows there is a progression in Christ, starting when He was young.
(NIV) Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
He never used the fact that He was God, as an advantage. We know from the beginning Christ had favor with God. But He continued to GROW in favor with the Lord and man.
Being God’s Son did not mean things were handed to Christ. They weren’t.
(NLT) Hebrews 5:08, “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.”
It is through this progression of obedience and devotion to the Lord we see Christ deny Himself on the cross.
(NIV) Philippians 2:05-08, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!”
When He was a child He sought teaching in the temple. His whole life was dedicated to God, not because He was this, “worldly perfect person”, but because He truly loved the Lord. He was born perfect, pure from sin, and He continued to grow from a baby, to a boy, and eventually, a man.
Jesus Became A Phyical Intervention For Us
He physically intervened on our behalf when He took the form of our weakness (made into human flesh). The cross would be the manifestation of His perfection.
(NLT) Romans 8:03, “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.”
Jesus Was The Perfect Sacrifice, Chosen Before The World
Christ was perfect in every sense, as God and Man. Unlike us, He was blameless from the start. As a human, He continued to grow. He did not allow His blamelessness to anchor Him. He was actively seeking God, the will of the Father, and being devoted to God’s word. Giving time to the Lord, not only daily, but throughout the day!
(NIV) Hebrews 2:10, “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what He suffered.”
Christ always conquered His flesh because IT WAS NEVER about His flesh, but God. Christ gave His body up for us but even before, and during His atonement, He submitted Himself daily to honor the will of the Lord.
And through Christ now we can do the same. We can die to our flesh daily, and serve the Lord with everything we have in our mind, body, and soul.
(NIV) 1 Peter 1:18-20, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”
Christ knows what it is like to suffer, and it is no surprise, His power shines the brightest when we suffer, too.
(NIV) 2 Corinthians 12:09, “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Have you ever thought of this?
Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:02, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
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