Jesus Is Now Living an Exalted and Glorified Human Life for You

Jesus Christ is now at the right hand of God. He so exalted and transcendent that it is easy to forget that He is still human. Some may even suppose that He stopped being human and went back to just being God. But as Paul made clear, “He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens” (Ephesians 4:10 NIV). He is still the same human Jesus.

A human life has been lived for you. That same human life is still being lived for you. Hebrews 7:26 tells us that He became High Priest for us and stills lives to make intercession for us—still lives the same human life now, far beyond the reach of death. He is “holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens”and still human. The eternal Son of God became human not for a mere thirty-three years but forever.

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Freedom and Obedience Come Together in Jesus

God has been fully glorified on this earth by the life that Jesus lived and gave. Jesus gave God perfect glory; it cannot be improved upon or added to. The question for each one of us is, “Since Jesus has fully glorified God, what’s left for you to do?” And since there are two ways of being human, there are two ways of answering this question.

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Galatians 4:19 and the Way Christ Is Formed in You

How Clear Is Your Vision of the Christ Who Dwells in You?

In Galatians 4:19, Paul addresses the church this way: “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.”

These Christians had never met Jesus in the flesh. They had encountered Him in the proclamation of the gospel through the ministry of Paul and Barnabas. They had seen Him very clearly with the eyes of faith and had committed their lives to following Him.

Then something went wrong.

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Jesus Glorified God Perfectly All His Life Because He Lived His Life to Give God to Us

Where did humanity go wrong? Why have people done so much harm to one another throughout history? The apostle Paul gives us some insight into this, in Romans 1:21. Looking back at our ancestors, he says, “although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God…”

This is a mistake that Jesus did not make. He did glorified God, and He did it right.

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The God Who Had Everything Made a World That He Could Share Everything With

Before time began, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were in divine fellowship. In this fellowship, the Father had endless delight in the beauty and perfection of the Son. This is what He wants to share with us. This is part of the mystery of the fellowship of the triune God, the fellowship into which we are called.

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Jesus Spoke as If Death Couldn’t Touch His Words (Because It Couldn’t)

Jesus understood the power of God’s word and the power of His own words. Like His Father, He forgave sins and spoke perfect words. He had authority over death even before he died.

The crowds recognized the authority with which He spoke. His disciples also discerned something about the way He spoke that was different. In John 6:68, Peter said to Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Jesus didn’t just talk about eternal life; there was something eternal about His words.

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Jesus Learned as a Human Who He Was as God

Since Jesus was God, He could have seen everything in the world all at once, all the time, just like His Father did. Instead He used His eyes to see, just like we do. Even though He didn’t have to, He used His tongue to taste and His ears to hear.

And instead of knowing everything all at once, all the time, He used His mind to learn. He didn’t just pretend to learn what He already knew. He acquired His knowledge the same way we all do. For example, He wasn’t born knowing how to talk, read, and write. He learned like the rest of us.

And, like us, He also learned the lessons that can’t be learned from books. We are told in Hebrews 5:7-8 that, “in the days of His flesh…though he was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”

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Sin Is Rebellion, Not Weakness

Jesus Christ is our great High Priest, and Hebrews 4:15 tells us that “we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

Jesus sympathizes with weakness, but not with sin. He is unable to sympathize with sin. To be subject to temptation is weakness, but sin is more than just being subject to temptation. Sin is rebellion. It is not so much a weakness as it is the end of the weakness of being tempted.

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