What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert—himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt—Divine Reason.…The new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn.…There is a real humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it's practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostration of the ascetic.…The old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which makes him stop working altogether.…We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table. (G. K. Chesterton, "The Suicide of Thought," Orthodoxy, 1908)
Last week at our weekly Who Is Jesus? Bible study, we took a closer look at the humanity of Jesus Christ. We spent some time discussing the importance of Jesus the Son of God coming to earth in real human flesh. Christ's humanity was a crucial factor in His liberation of us from the slavery of sin: "For if by the transgression of the one [Adam] the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many" (Romans 5:15). Jesus had a real body that truly died and truly rose from the dead. "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24). Furthermore, He is a great High Priest for us who can sympathize with our weakness, because He took on our flesh (Hebrews 4:15). Even now, He acts as a Priest for us in heaven, mediating between us and God the Father: "For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
As we dwelt on Christ's humanity, we ended up zooming in on an aspect of Jesus' human-ness which we easily overlook:
Jesus is a man.
In case you are confused and think that I just restated an obvious truth, let me put it a different way:
Jesus is not a woman.
Let me see if I can put a finer point on it:
Jesus is a man, and He has to be a man; He could not be a woman.
Tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7:30 PM we'll be having our first ever on-campus CNCF movie night! We'll be watching a classic '90s flick, The Truman Show (1998), starring Jim Carrey.
Join us in TV245 for pizza, fellowship, and some discussion afterwards!