Avoid every question in relation to the humanity of Christ which is liable to be misunderstood. Truth lies close to the track of presumption. In treating upon the humanity of Christ, you need to guard strenuously every assertion, lest your words be taken to mean more than they imply, and thus you lose or dim the clear perceptions of His humanity as combined with divinity. His birth was a miracle of God. . . . Never, in any way, leave the slightest impression upon human minds that a taint of, or inclination to, corruption rested upon Christ, or that He in any way yielded to corruption. He was tempted in all points like as man is tempted, yet He is called
that holy thing.
It is a mystery that is left unexplained to mortals that Christ could be tempted in all points like as we are, and yet be without sin. The incarnation of Christ has ever been, and will ever remain, a mystery.-Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, pp. 1128,1129.
- Read the Ellen G. White statement above about the human nature of Christ. We must face the fact that Jesus’ human nature, as with His divine nature, is a great truth that for now we will never fully fathom. As she wrote:
The incarnation of Christ has ever been, and will ever remain, a mystery.Why, then, must we be very careful about making harsh judgments on those who don’t necessarily understand this
mysterythe same way that we do?
- Think about what happened on the Mount of Transfiguration. This amazing event in salvation history was about to happen, and what were the chosen disciples who came with Him on the mountain doing at first? Sleeping! In what ways could this be a metaphor for ourselves, as individual believers, or for us as a church who live right before another great event in salvation history: the second coming of Jesus?
- Read some of the things that Jesus had said about Himself. Why, then, is the idea that Jesus was merely a great man, a great prophet, or a great spiritual leader, logically flawed? Why must we either accept that He is what He said He is, or that He was a lunatic and someone who was greatly deceived about Himself? Why is there no other option for us in regard to the identity of Jesus?