How human is Jesus? Can we really be like Him?

Jesus was fully human. Scripture shows the full and true humanity of Jesus. First, he was made flesh and lived among men (John 1:14). Second, he demonstrated human emotions (Matthew 8:10; 26:38; John 11:33-35; 12:27; Hebrews 5:7). Third, he demonstrated human body experiences such as being born (Luke 2:7); physical growth (Luke 2:40, 52); hunger (Matthew 4:1); thirst (John 19:28); exhaustion (John 4:6); physical weakness (Matthew 4:11; Luke 23:26). Moreover, Jesus lived a Spirit-filled life (Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1).

Although we as Christians have a promise from Scripture that we will be like Him in the future (1 John 3:2-3), it is possible that we can be like Him even in our present state. The fact that the author of Hebrews exhorted his readers to persevere in the face of persecution by looking unto Jesus as the author and finisher of faith (Hebrews 12:2-3) indicates that it is possible to be like him. In addition, the apostle John asserts that those who claim to live in him must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:5, 6). It is indeed possible for Christians to live like Jesus; that is, if we are filled and under the control of the Holy Spirit, as Christ was (Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:15-17; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 3:18).

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