The Humanity of Jesus
The gospel of Luke presents, in detail, the incomparable and indescribable human living of the God-man Jesus Christ. Since such a life had never existed or been observed before, it is difficult to categorize.
Holy? Godly? Righteous? Kind? Loving? Humble? Ethical? Noble? All fall short and leave something wanting.
Aromatic is a good word to describe our perception of it. We detect something and yet can’t quite discern what we are experiencing.
Reading through the gospel of Luke is like an interdisciplinary study. It’s a combination of science and poetry.
Luke had been trained in the medical filed to grasp complex matters with a single word (autopsy- 1:2, trauma- 10:34, dropsy- 14:2, words which are unique to Luke in the entire Bible) and discern the true nature and cause of outward symptoms.
With Luke we can strain the scientific language to describe, as precisely as possible, what is happening in the incarnation- the complete God mingled with the perfect man, in one unique person, the two natures remaining distinct but not separate, without a third thing being produced.
And it is crucial for theologians to use precise words when handling the workings of the Trinity or the incarnation.
But Luke’s mental acuity is balanced by compassionate altruism and what is more up front, more striking, in this account is the poignant portrayal of this MAN’s living (of course this man, turns out, is God).
His zeal never degenerated into passion, nor His constancy into obstinacy, nor His benevolence into weakness, nor His tenderness into sentimentality. His unworldliness was free from indifference and unsociability, His dignity from pride and presumption, His affectibility from undue familiarity, His self-denial from moroseness, His temperance from austerity. He combined child-like innocency with manly strength, absorbing devotion to God with untiring interest in the welfare of man, tender love to the sinner with uncompromising severity against sin, commanding dignity with winning humility, fearless courage with wise caution, unyielding firmness with sweet gentleness.
-Philip Schaff, The Person of Christ
Posted on March 15, 2012, in Bible and tagged Christ's incarnation, Christianity, divine attributes and human virutes, eternal purpose, God-man, Gospel of Luke, humanity of Jesus, Jesus, Philip Schaff. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.