Christian reading

Issue N23

answers for a jew, valeriy sterkh

Answers for a Jew

Is Jesus God?

Question: If Jesus is called God, why did He get hungry?

Answer: The Holy Scriptures refer to Messiah as both human and divine. That is, the Bible describes him as a Person combining two natures (see Mt 1:23; 16:16; 26:63-64; Mk 5:7; 14:61-62; 16:19; Lk 1:31-35; 8:28; Jn 1:1-18; 3:13-18; 5:18; 6:27; 6:69; 10:36; 13:3; 16:27-30; 20:28; Act 20:28; Rom 9:3-5; Col 2:8-9). Since the human nature of the Messiah is not doubted, let us study the prophecies about his divine nature.

«Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [heb. "Emmanuel" = God with us]» (Is 7:14).

«For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace» (Is 9:6).

«Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee» (Ps 2:7).

«Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?» (Prov 30:4).

«Behold my servant [son], whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles» (Is 42:1).

«But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting» (Mic 5:2).

«And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel [heb. "wrestling with God"]: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed [because you fought God, and you will prevail men]» (Gen 32:27-28).

«The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek» (Ps 110:1-4; compare Mt 22:41-46; Mk 12:35-37; Lk 20:40-44).

«Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts» (Mal 3:1).

Jesus, being human and divine at the same time, manifests properties of both natures. For example, He experienced hunger.

(to be continued)