In numerous scriptures, Jesus Christ is specifically called, and also calls Himself,
a 'man,' which is surely not without significance:
- "And so it is written, 'The first man Adam became a living
being.' The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.'" (1 Corinthians 15:45).
- "This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is
preferred before me: for he was before me." (John 1:30).
- "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders,
and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know. . ." (Acts 2:22).
"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now
commands all men everywhere to repent, because
He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in
righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained." (Acts 17:30-31).
- “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord;
Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the
glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a
priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between
them both.” (Zechariah 6:12-13).
- "But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not
do this." (John 8:40).
- "He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." (Isaiah 53:3).
There are other scriptures in which activities and characteristics which pertain to
men, but not to God, such as sleeping, thirsting, growing tired, and possessing flesh, blood and bones, are ascribed to Jesus:
- "After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now
accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst!'" (John 19:28).
- "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself.
Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." (Luke 24:39).
- "For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do
not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and
an antichrist." (2 John 1:7).
- "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth
His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were
under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4).
- "By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every
spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is
the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the
world." (1 John 4:2-3).
- "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and
we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and
truth." (John 1:14).
- "Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an
apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy
Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David
according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of
holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:1-3).
- "But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and
immediately blood and water came out." (John 19:34).
- "...who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up
prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from
death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by
the things which He suffered." (Hebrews 5:7-8).
- "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in
the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16).
- "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52).
- "For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give
aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren,
that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make
propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being
tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted." (Hebrews 2:16-18).
- "Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour."
In Psalm 40, as quoted in Hebrews 10:5-7, the Messiah makes
mention of a 'body,' which is characteristic of flesh, whereas "God
is a Spirit" (John 4:24): "Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me:
whole-burnt-offering and sacrifice for sin thou didst not require.
Then I said, Behold, I come: in the volume of the book it is written
concerning me, I desired to do thy will, O my God, and thy law in
the midst of mine heart." (Psalm 40:6-8 Brenton Septuagint).