Jesus ≠ The Hulk

We’ve looked at how Jesus is truly human, and then we looked at how Jesus is truly God. Now we’re going to tie the two together. How can Jesus be truly human and truly God?

HYPOSTATIC UNION

Sometimes big words can be intimidating, scary even; but don’t let that put you off. Big words are just the tags we put on the big ideas for convenience, so we can talk about them quicker. The first word (or phrase rather) is ‘hypostatic union’ It’s much easier to understand than it appears. The word ‘hypostatic’ in Greek just means ‘personal.’ So the hypostatic union is the personal union of Jesus’ two natures. That’s what we want to figure out, how can Jesus’ two natures be united in one person? Continue reading

Jesus ≠ Batman

Thought it’s true that Jesus is truly human, we must make sure we don’t fall into the extreme and believe that Jesus was only human. Hence Batman.

BECAUSE I’M NOT BATMAN!

If you’re familiar with the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, you’ll remember in Batman Begins there was a lot of talk about why Bruce Wayne decided to dawn a bat-suit. Bruce wasn’t bitten by a radio-active bat, he doesn’t come from the planet bat-ton, he doesn’t have wings. He’s just a man. His superpower is money. He trained as a martial artist. In Batman Begins, Laim Neeson’s Ra’s-al-Ghul explains to Bruce, “if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely…Legend!” This is what some people think happened to Jesus. Continue reading

Jesus ≠ Superman

To err is human. And we’re good at it. When it comes to Christology (doctrine focused particularly on Jesus), err often takes a nose-dive straight in to heresy. The pendulum swings too far, we emphasise one attribute or characteristic at the expense of another. We can’t hold things in tension.

All sorts of people have differing opinions about who Jesus is. Some people don’t believe He ever existed. Most think He was a revolutionary teacher of good living, and a great example. Some think that He was a prophet of God; while others believe that He was one of God’s top angels. You’ll bump into people like this everywhere. This inability to put Jesus in a box is nothing new. The church has been dealing with and answering them from the beginning. We can be confident, however, that what we’re being asked about Jesus has been answered before. We are not the first to wrestle with these things.

SUCH A SPIRITUAL GUY

One of the earliest misunderstandings about Jesus goes write back to the days of the New Testament. And is a misunderstanding that continually creeps its way into the church. Sometimes we can mistakenly think to ourselves, “O, that Jesus, He was such a spiritual guy.” Surely He couldn’t possibly be bound by a human body, it must have been like a cloak or disguise. Bodies and physical things are so eughh and sinful. Jesus must’ve just appeared to be human. Just like Superman. Continue reading