The Man That Was God

The Man That Was God

Loved and hated, mocked and deeply respected, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is by far the greatest personality that has ever lived in the world. That is so because he was not just human, he was God in the flesh.
In the middle of human history, a man showed up. He was human, but was beyond all: Jesus Christ. He is the Different One, the Unique One. He moved the world in a way that nobody before did, and no one after ever will.

Encyclopedia Britannica uses around 20,000 words to describe him. In this book, his description takes up more room than Aristotle, Cicero, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, and Napoleon Bonaparte together.

Jesus is the greatest man in history. Nobody ever wrote about anybody else more than it is written about him. Nobody else has been that much discussed. Nobody else was more hated, loved, attacked, and praised. There has not been as much art, as many songs, poems, and books written about anybody as there has been about him. Even people distinguish themselves in him. Some want him away; some testify for him because their life was completely changed and filled with hope. He cannot ever be erased from human history.

During Christmas, millions of people celebrate his birth. At Easter, we remember his death, resurrection, and ascension.

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself." - 2 Corinthians 5:19

His life on this Earth shows us he was man, but still keeping the divine qualities. We can see many so-called contradictions in his life; contradictions that refer to his human condition on one hand, and to his divine condition on the other hand. Jesus was tired, but he called those who labor and were heavily laden to himself to give them rest. He was hungry, but still the bread of life. He was thirsty, but at the same time, the water of life. He was in a fight with death, but he healed all the wounds of others and even raised some from death. He was tempted by Satan, but he released others from demons. He lived in space and time, but he was God. He said, "My Father is greater than I" and "I and my Father are one."

He prayed, but he listened to others' prayers. He wept at the grave, but he had the power to raise the dead. He died, but he defeated death as he is the eternal life.

Jesus is the perfect man of God, and the perfect God of man. But, why did God become man? There could be several reasons for this:
  • Because rolling in our sin, we have absolutely no chance to see him. Therefore, he decided to come to us, to take our nature, and to be an example right in front of our eyes.
  • He wanted to show us that God doesn't move away from men, but he wants to move closer to the sinner because he loves the world.
  • That was the only way he could show us our sin, and the way to be healed.
  • Because he wanted to destroy the work of the devil, to take the power of death, and to defeat sin.
Jesus' incarnation was the only method of God to save the lost world.

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." - John 3:17

Thus, through his love and sacrifices for the welfare of the people, he showed us the right way to live life for the sake of others. Many wanted to be gods, army leaders, kings, and all let others' blood shed on their behalf. The Roman Emperor August asked to be called "The Perfect One" (God) or "Kyrios" (Lord) and even "Soter" (Savior). But, only God shed his blood for this world. That's why, he is the only Savior.

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." - John 3.36

The one who puts trust in him will become perfect in God's eyes.
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