Jesus Was Human
*Adapted from Creative Bible Lessons on the Life of Christ
By Brett Spore 6-10-13Introduction:
Last week we talked about how Jesus was both God and human. We watched a video showing how foolish it is for anyone to think they can play God. Tonight we’re going to look at Jesus as a human. But first, we’re going to play a little game. (Play unfair card game with changing rules.)
The card game wasn’t fair because the leaders had a huge advantage over their players. It wasn’t much fun and it caused tension in the groups.
I’m going to read you a story about a time Satan tempted Jesus. As I read the story, think about how Jesus reacted as a human being even though He could have used His supernatural powers as God to just ZAP Satan and be done with it.
Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you , and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
*Jesus experienced incredible temptations, but He played according to the rules God had established. He responded to Satan as a human not as God.
* By becoming human, Jesus gave up His place with God and lowered himself to be like us. By doing this, Jesus was in a position to face the same kinds of temptations we might face. Now Satan has never said to me, “Bow down to me and I will give you a kingdom,” but I have had temptations thrown at me to get drunk, gossip about other girls in my group, hang out with the wrong crowd just to be popular. There’s a lie that if you do this – you will get that. Just like Satan tempted Jesus – if you bow down – you get the kingdom.
*Although Jesus was fully human, he was also still fully God, and therefore he never gave into temptation and never sinned. I wish I could say that about myself, but I’m not God. Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit to help us guard against temptations and a loving God who forgives us when we fail.
Carry with you this playing card with the paraphrased version of Hebrews 4:15 glued on to it. This will remind you when you are struggling with a temptation that Jesus was tempted as well. It will remind you that Jesus was God and could have played by His own rules, but He wanted to relate to us and our struggles. Instead of zapping Satan, he wrestled with the temptations as a human being. He became one of us and played by human rules so we would benefit and be eternal winners.
Hebrews 4:15 (paraphrased) Because of Jesus’ willingness to play by the rules, to become fully human, and to face every temptation we will ever face, we have a Savior who understands our struggles. But because he never sinned, we also have a Savior who paid the price for our sin.