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Son of God and Son of Man: Divine and Human Nature of Christ

Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity took on both humanity and divinity when through the Immaculate Conception God became Incarnated.
Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully divine.
Christ suffered to offer redemption to all of God's people.

In the dark of the night, in a small little town known as Bethlehem, a star radiated light that shattered the darkness that encompassed the world. In an instant the destiny of mankind was altered. Thousands of years of foretold prophecy had become fact. With the perfect cry of a newborn, redemption had graciously been offered from a mighty Father to His lost children. God had physically entered the world of mankind, in a way that is utterly incomprehensible for the human mind to understand, but in spite of that lack of understanding, the promises that had spanned the years had been fulfilled. God, who is the same today as He was with Abraham, or King David is offering that redemption still today to His lost children. The sacrifices that Jesus bore in order to become the perfect lamb, the ultimate replacement for all sacrifices, suffered for all generations of God's children. That includes ours.
Historically, there is documentation of Jesus of Nazareth. Looking outside of scripture to one of the noted Jewish historians of this era, reference is made to the Jew known as Jesus. Josephus, who was born around the time of 37AD and resided in Jerusalem, was not known to be a follower of Christ, but has documented Jesus with the following statement; "about this time lived Jesus, a man full of wisdom, if indeed on may call Him a man. For He was the doer of incredible things, and the teacher of such as gladly received the truth. He thus attracted to Himself many Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ. On the accusation of the leading men of our people, Pilate condemned Him to death upon the cross; nevertheless those who had previously loved Him still remained faithful to Him. For on the third day He again appeared to them living, just as, in addition to a thousand other marvelous things, prophets sent by God had foretold. And to the present day the race of those who call themselves Christians after Him has not ceased" (Book XVIII of the "Jewish Antiquities", by Josephus).
At the moment that the Immaculate Conception took place in the Virgin Mary, Jesus became both fully human and fully divine. Christ felt the same bodily limitations as all mankind does. Scripture informs us that He felt sorrow, and at times anger. He grew hungry and weary, but at the same time He was the Son of God. At no moment did His divinity leave him. St. Luke adamantly points this out in Chapter 5 verse 24 where he states; "but that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.." Only God, and God alone has the divine right to forgive sins.
During the crucifixion, Jesus would have felt every sting from the whip, and the burden of the cross. He would have heard the insults hurled, and seen the tears of his followers. Each nail that was driven, the prick of the crown of thorns, and the weight of His body on the cross as it was hoisted up would have been felt. The author, Jim Davis put it so eloquently when he wrote; "God collapsed, somewhere in the narrow, winding street leading out of the city, His bloodied back gave way under the weight of a large wooden cross... Nowhere can we see God more with us, more immanent..." At any point during the crucifixion, Christ could have embraced His divinity and ended all the suffering that His human body felt. This is what makes the price of the crucifixion so great. Jesus, feeling every emotion in human nature hung on a cross and never uttered for His divinity to save Him. This was the ultimate sacrifice, for all mankind. What makes it incomprehensible is that Jesus did this willingly. Christ suffered in human form, in order to offer the ultimate divinity of salvation.

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