We have just begun to study of St. John's Gospel in our Disciple 4 group, and for our homework last week one of the questions we were asked was-
God came to us in Jesus. God became one of us in Jesus. Those words sound simple, but their meaning is not. How do you understand "the Word became flesh"?
When we shared our replies, my answer caused a very lively, almost heated, discussion. I had written, 'Jesus became human in every respect like us except without sin, yet He was still part of the Triune God, with God's foresight and insight.' My friends disagreed vigorously with the second half of my reply, saying that if what I had written was true then Jesus was not truly human. But I argued that if 'God took on human flesh' He would not relinquish his Divine qualities but could become fully human and be Divine at the same time. This led to remarks about that making Him into a superhuman, not a human exactly as we are - and they believed that Jesus was fully human, like us in every respect and no more than us.
The following questions seemed to me to agree with my statement because they referred to 'the divine-human Jesus'. The other questions were -
What about the divine-human Jesus draws you to Him?
What about the divine-human Jesus pushes you away?
What does allegiance to the divine-human Jesus require of you?
Simply to speak of the incarnate Jesus as completely human cannot be the same as to speak of the divine-human Jesus, surely?