The Humanity of Christ
May 4, 2012
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. Luke 22:42 KJV
Jesus Christ was totally man and at the same time, totally God.
We see the birth of our Lord and Savior prophesied in Isaiah 7:14. In Matthew 1:2 we see that Immanuel means God with us. Christ had a body prepared and became flesh and dwelt among us to save His people from their sins.
Christ became sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. The Bible tells us that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.
There had to be a body for the Son of God to accomplish the atonement of the cross.
We see here in our text verse a wonderful picture of Christís humanity. The man side of Christ was in great sorrow unto death. The cross was close and He went to the Mount of Olives in the garden of Gethsemane and poured out His heart unto God. We see His submission to God the Father. If thou be willing remove this cup from me. Jesus referred to His sorrow and agony as a cup. The cup here represents the sins of humanity.
As Christ looked at the depravity of the fallen race, he was in great sorrow. As the smell of sin came forth from that bitter cup, Christ began to sweat as it were great drops of blood.
Hebrews 2:9 tells us that Christ tasted death for mankind. Christ drank damnationís cup dry for His people. Oh, what a Savior. He was God and also man.