This truth is illustrated by the occasion when His parents lost Him. After visiting Jerusalem, on their way back home they discovered that Jesus was not with them. They doubled back and went to the temple, seeking the missing twelve-year-old Jesus. Luke 2:46 describes it thus: ‘And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.”
By Gordon Magee
Let us read I Timothy 3:16 carefully:
And without controversy great is the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God was manifested in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
One would almost think that it reads that way, to hear some folks talk. This is how it actually reads:
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.
The Bible, in its entire sixty-six books, knows nothing at all about a mysterious three-person Godhead. The great mystery of godliness is the Incarnation—God manifest in the flesh.
The Humanity of Jesus
The Scriptures provide multiple proofs of the genuine humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us examine a few of them, and in doing so we will find that this composite word portrays the Lord Jesus as having a genuine human nature.
“He was . . . an hungred” (Matthew 4:2). The Lord experienced the same genuine pangs of physical hunger which grip our bodies when we have been without food. He was human enough to be hungry.
“But he was asleep” (Matthew 8:24). The same sensation of oblivion that comes to our eyelids, which we call sleep, was experienced by the Lord Jesus Christ—another proof of His genuine humanity.
“Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well” (John 4:6). If He overexerted Himself, so actual was His humanity that the same weariness which enters our limbs when we have overexerted ourselves came also to Him. He was genuinely human in every aspect and in every detail.
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35). He was human enough to weep in a tempestuous emotional moment.
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44). Jesus knew what it was to have degrees of earnestness. There was never a time in Christ’s experience when He was not earnest. He was ever and always earnest—but the Bible teaches us that He knew degrees of earnestness just as we do. Sometimes we pray and we are intensely earnest. Other times we pray and we are earnest, but not so much as before. That is because we are human. It is quite impossible for us to live in the same elevated emotional plane all the time. We experience fluctuating degrees of earnestness. Jesus was the same—He was human.