Recently there have been more books written about the deity of Christ as well as books on the humanity of Christ. As more books have popped up, one has been written about Jesus’ humanity that should not get lost in the mix. Bruce A. Ware has written a fantastic and thorough book that walks through biblical and theological reflections on Jesus’ humanity. In The Man Christ Jesus, Ware looks at different elements found in Scripture that show the importance of understanding Jesus as the God-Man and why it matters.
What I appreciated about The Man Christ Jesus was the intentionality to focus on Scripture and Jesus’ life to show the importance of His humanity to our lives. Ware wonderfully exegetes different passages to show Jesus as a human and how He lived every day. One of the passages that he looks at closely at the beginning of the book that sets the tone for the entire book is Philippians 2:5-8. Phil. 2:5-8 says,
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
I show this verse to show one of the lines from this book that absolutely stood out to me and impacted me greatly. This line set the tone for the entire book, and to understand Jesus in His humanity and incarnation, and it’s importance to all people past, present and future.
Without comprehending the profundity of the purpose of the incarnation, as Paul describes it here in Philippians 2:5-9, we will inevitably trivialize what it means to ‘do what Jesus would do’ or to ‘live like Jesus’ (27).
Please consider adding this one to your reading list this year. It’s a potential quick read, but I would strongly recommend you thorough wrestling with this book to understand Christ more. Check it out here.