This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #17 – Why must the Redeemer be truly human? [NCC Q22]
Powerpoint Pictures: Elbow; Eyelash; Belly Button; Toe; Heart; Brain; Tongue
Can you name these different parts of the body? [Elbow; Eyelash; Belly Button; Toe; Heart; Brain; Tongue]
Did Jesus have all these body parts and rest of the parts we have in our bodies?
Course He did.
He was truly human.
We saw in our last big question that Jesus is the only Redeemer because He is two things. He is One who is truly human and also truly God.
But why does He need to be truly human and truly God. In our next two Big Questions we’re going to find out.
Let’s look at first one now…
Q: Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
Why was it so important that Jesus was human?
There are two reasons why and these reasons are found in this verse from Hebrews.
“For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)
One reason that Jesus needed to be truly human was in order to life the live we can never live. To do what Adam did not do in the Garden of Eden. To do what no human since Adam has been unable to do, which is being faithful to God and obeying His law, so that we can be made righteous and have a relationship with God.
The other reason that Jesus needed to be truly human was in order to die the death we deserve to die.
Only a human can die in the place of another human and take the punishment their sins deserve so that we can be forgiven by God for all our sins and not be punished by Him.
Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
A: That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin.
And that is what Jesus is has done for us.
He lived a sinless life for us.
He died as a sacrifice for our sins.
Let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
Why must the Redeemer be truly human? That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin.