A Human Being

It is very clear that we live on a planet of immense beauty that was perfectly prepared for us.[1] There are more than thirty-five constants of earth that make life possible.[2] Change any one of these, even slightly, and we all die.[3] Scientist describe the manner in which the universe came into being as a singularity of engineering genius. During the first pico-seconds of the universe; control was executed in way that matter was evenly distributed throughout the universe.[4] What force controlled this even dispersal, is still unknown. What should have occurred, is the same scenario that happens in the event of any other explosion; a mass ejection of material, unevenly spread-out over a large area.[5] Not so with our universe. An unseen, unknown power; determined the precise manner in which this event took place. If matter had not been evenly distributed across the universe, the formation of stars would never have taken place.[6] No stars, no material for planets; no planets, no earth; no earth, no human life. The Lord created this world for people, made in His image.

Many astronomers will tell us that because the universe is so immense, there must be millions of other planets with intelligent life like ours. They say that to believe that we are the only sentient beings in the universe, is the epitome of arrogance. These noted men and women forget that the universe was not created to be filled with life, but to display the incredible power, beauty, and wisdom of the One who made all things.

God was seeking to create one a people, who were like Himself; men and women who would love Him and live with Him, forever. He made the universe as a masterful display to demonstrate His limitless power as the transcendent Creator of all things.

We exist for Him, not for ourselves. In finding Him, we find ourselves. Jesus came to earth as a human being so that this might be possible

The Physician, Luke, begins his description of Jesus with the words that the angel said to Mary: “you will bring forth a Son…” Seven hundred years before this noted Physician penned his words, the prophet Isaiah said that when the Messiah comes into the world, it will be in the veil of human flesh.

Isaiah 9:6a For unto us a Child is born,…

The Messiah enters our world as a human being:

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.”

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus…

1 Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” (Jesus) The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery…God was manifested in the flesh…

The Identity of Jesus:

God has chosen to reveal Himself to us, veiled in the flesh of a human being. Although Jesus has been God for eternity and knows all things; He comes to us as a baby, who must learn everything. As He grows into a man, His life is prepared for one purpose: to be the Savior of every person. The ninth chapter of Isaiah gives us one of the most thorough descriptions of the Messiah that is found in the Bible. He is identified as one who is like us; while possessing the limitless capacity of God; to meet every need that we have.

Isaiah writes multiple prophecies, concerning a few of the names for the Messiah, in chapter 9:6-7:

He will be a human being (this chapter).
He will be a child.
He will be a Son.
He will be called “Wonderful.”
He will be called a “Counselor.”
He will be called “Mighty God.”
He will be called “Everlasting Father.”
He will be called “Prince of Peace.”
Of His kingdom there will be no end.
His kingdom will be established upon the throne of David.
His kingdom will be of righteous judgement and justice forever.

Dr. Elmer L. Towns, one of the original co-founders of Liberty University, wrote a wonderful paper entitled “The Names of Jesus.”[7] In this document, Dr. Towns describes over 700 names that are ascribed to Jesus Christ. Among these are the titles listed above in Isaiah 9:6-7. It is by the names of Jesus that we know and understand who He is.

Isaiah describes the Messiah as coming to earth as a human being; but not just any human being. The Hebrew word, in Isaiah 9:6, for child is yeled; a young boy or a son, and not just any son; the The Son of God.

The Messiah must be a man

Since it was by one man that sin came into the world, God has determined that it will be by one man that sin is removed from the world.[8] As the second Adam, the Messiah, will be able to identify with our frailties and be tempted in all the same points that we are tempted, while remaining perfect and without sin. As the first Adam made sin a reality for all those who are descended from him, the last Adam—Jesus Christ, made the forgiveness of sins and eternal life a reality for all those who are descended from Him, by their faith in His completed sacrifice upon the cross.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

It was important that the one who would be qualified as the Savior of all men must also—himself, be a man. God could not die for the sins of the world, neither could an angel, an animal, nor any other created being. If all mankind were to have a Savior, He would have to come from among us, and be one of us.

This is the first point of Isaiah 9:6, that the Messiah will come to us as a human being.

For unto us a Child is born…

If the Messiah were born by conventional means, through the union of an earthly father and mother, then He would inherit Adam’s sin nature and not be able to offer His life for the sins of the world. In fact, as a sinner, He would also require a Savior. This is the basis of the Mormon view of God; that He was once a sinful man who required a Savior.[9] If this was true, then Jesus could not save anyone. Thankfully, the Bible is very specific in describing Jesus, not as a man from his origin, but existing as God—for eternity.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Since all things were created by Jesus, the Word, He must Himself, exist before all things. He was not created, but is the source of all creation.

In order for God to accomplish the redemption of all human beings, He would first have to become one of us. Beginning His life as an infant, Jesus was required to learn everything that we must learn. He took the most humble position possible, and endured every difficulty and trial of human life. He did this so that He could experience all of our frailties and fractures and finish His time on earth—perfect and without sin. This was necessary, for If Jesus had failed in even the smallest requirement of God’s law, He could not offer His life for ours. Jesus sacrifice must be perfect, according to the laws of the Old Testament sacrifice for sins.

Having lived a perfect life as a man, Jesus became the “second Adam,” who perfectly fulfilled the whole law of God. He then presented Himself to the Father, on our behalf, and took the full wrath of God for all sins. Jesus sacrifice was fully acceptable to God, for He rose again from the dead on the third day. If Jesus had made the slightest error in anything that was required of Him, He would have remained in the grave, and He would not have had to power to raise Himself from the dead, nor any of us.

This all began with the virgin birth. Without this fact of the Messiah, there would be nothing else to write or discuss. The Messiah must come into the world by a supernatural process of conception—apart from an earthly father (see the chapters: Virgin birth, Passover Lamb, coming as God, the Lamb). The one who would be qualified to die for the sins of the whole world would have to be born of a virgin, without the sin nature inherited from Adam. He would need to be a direct creation of God, planted in the womb of a woman, who would bear the sinless Messiah.

Without His conception apart from the seed of a man, the Messiah would be born with a sin nature, just like all of us.

Medical science confirms that a Fetus does not receive its blood supply from the mother but from the father. An Ovum begins to produce its own blood supply immediately after the father’s sperm penetrates the egg, held in the body of the woman. An unfertilized ovum can never develop blood since the egg of the female does not contain the elements which are necessary for the production of blood.[10] This subject is discussed in detail in the chapter: Virgin Birth.

When the Savior lived among us and became one of us, He would have to remain without sin, every second, of every hour, of every day; for all of His life, or He could not be the Savior of all men.

The Bible is specific in that Jesus was fully man, just like every other man. He was descended from Adam, just as all of us are descended from Adam. He felt all of the same temptations to sin that you feel everyday; yet He never yielded to these temptations and committed no sin during the 33 ½ years of His earthly life. These facts are attested to in the New Testament by those who knew Jesus intimately.

Paul described Jesus as “without sin:”

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Peter testified that Jesus is without sin:

1 Peter 1:18-19 “…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

Jesus claimed to be without sin:

John 8:46 “Which of you convicts Me of sin?”

This is why only Jesus is qualified to be the Savior of the world.

Every other person who has been born and claimed to be “the way to Heaven” was a sinner. According to the Bible, a sinner cannot ever be a Savior. That is why we worship and serve Jesus because only He is without sin.

The Messiah must be God

In order for a sacrifice to be sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world, it must be of great value. The Bible is specific in that Jesus was fully God. He is the Creator of all that exists (Colossians 1:16-17), and it is by His power that all things are held together. Because Jesus is God and has created all things, His life has infinite value and is more than adequate to pay the high cost of our redemption.

When Jesus was placed on the cross, so also were all of our sins. He took our transgressions and made them His own. In essence, Jesus became our sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

In this way, these sins were removed from our record and placed on Jesus’ record. While on the cross, God poured out all His wrath on these sins, and Jesus took the punishment for them. This is why everyone who comes to Jesus in repentance for their sins and asks that He might forgive those sins—they will never see the judgment of God, nor any condemnation, forever. Our sins, simply do not exist any longer; having been nailed to Jesus cross.

However, those who refuse to place their sins under Jesus’ sacrifice will have to bear the punishment for their own transgressions.

This is the first prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7, that God would come to us as a human being and bear all of our sins.

The perfect life of the eternal God, living within the body of a man, who was perfect and without sin. Jesus’ life was more than enough to satisfy the righteous requirements of a Holy God to punish the sins of every person who will ever live on the earth.

This child, whom Isaiah predicts will be born to us, has walked the halls of heaven as the ruler of the Universe. When He arrived on earth as an infant, He had to learn how to walk. Although it was His voice which spoke the Cosmos into existence, as a child, He had to learn how to talk. Although He will rule from earth someday as a man, for all eternity, He allowed evil men to torture and kill Him, for this in the singular way in which God has chosen to save human beings—there is no other.

Because there was no possibility of redemption for any person apart from such a great sacrifice, the Son of God became one of us and has done what we could never accomplish for ourselves. In this great and magnificent act of Love, the Lord has forever revealed who He is. For by dying for us, He has put on publicly display before all creation; God is always good and His mercy and grace are proven by His greatest act of Love—the giving of His Son.

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As a human being, the Messiah will need to learn how to do everything. If proper consideration is given to this statement, it is a complete paradox. What distinguishes God, as God, is the fact that He knows all things. There is nothing that God must learn. If God must learn then He is not perfect. If He is not perfect, He cannot be God.

As we consider this second part of the chapter, we are faced with an impossible reality; that the eternal God would be willing to set aside some of His Glory, Power, and Knowledge, for us. Second, to imagine what it was like for God to learn how to walk, talk, think, grow, and learn. At some point in His development, Jesus must have fully realized who He was and then understood the purpose of His presence here on earth. Up until that time, it was as if He was living in a dream world where the knowledge of His true nature was hidden from Him until the day that he awoke.

The Messiah, though He is God, will learn and grow as a man; in wisdom and stature, and by the things that He suffers. All those who come to Him, will gain the wisdom of the ages, for He is the source of all wisdom.

Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Colossians 2:2-3 …Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Matthew 13:54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?

When God Learned

First, let us establish the fact that this verse of scripture is describing the coming Messiah. The prophet Isaiah is unique amongst the many men who penned the prophecies of the coming Messiah. The One who would come out of eternity and become one of us, is called “the Servant of the Lord.”

The ancient Rabbi’s of Israel believed that the servant of Isaiah, is the Messiah. We see evidence of this in many of their writings:

“Our Rabbis with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the prophet (Isaiah) is speaking of the Messiah, and we shall ourselves also adhere to the same view.”[11] —Rabbi Moses Alschech 1437-1508

Beginning at Isaiah, chapter 49, the prophet begins his description of the One who will be the Servant of the Lord, the Messiah who will die for the sins of the world. Here in chapter 50:4, Isaiah is revealing that the Lord will learn, when He comes to earth as the Messiah.

…The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak…

A mystery of the Messiah, is found in the fulfillment of this prophecy from Hebrews 5:8; He learned.

…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Consider the idea that the Creator of the heavens and the earth; acquiring knowledge. Would the God who assembled the matter of the cosmos, need to learn? One of the attributes of the Living God is that He knows all things.

1 John 3:20 God…knows all things.

Acts 15:18 Known to God from eternity are all His works.

The Bible describes Jesus as the Creator of all that exists, and by Him; everything that exists, came into being and is held together by His power.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (RCR)

How is it that the Son of God, who is the Creator, was compelled to learn everything as a child?

In Jesus dwells the living God, who is the treasure of all wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:3 …Jesus, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:9 For in Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…

It certainly appears that from the moment of conception, Jesus was God. He did not become God, He was, is, and alway has been God. Herein resides a great paradox in our understanding. How could God humble Himself and dwell in the body of a tiny baby boy? What this required is completely contrary to the reality of God.

As an infant, Jesus was helpless. His mother must feed Him, change His diaper, bath Him and cradle Him in her arms. While Mary lovingly cared for her infant Son, she was looking into the eyes of the mighty God who made all that exists.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.[12]
—Mark Lowry

Consider this child—who for all eternity, walked the halls of heaven, now had to learn to walk.

The Glorious One who spoke the universe into existence and who will end the universe by His words, must learn to speak.

His first steps were off balance, staggering from one side to the other. Wherever He pointed His head, like all toddlers, His body would follow. He would take a few steps only to fall down, while His mother hurries to His side, lifting Him up to wipe the dust from His small body.

He was willing to start from nothing so that He could be your Savior—to lay down every part of His life so that we could have a chance to live with Him forever. He allowed evil men to torture Him, brutalize Him, hang Him on a cross, and pierce His beautiful body; all to pay our debt.

Such love, I cannot contain the wonder of it all.

He grew and learned and matured like all of us; yet He was infinitely so much more than we could possibly imagine.

Born without sin, He continued His entire life without sin. If He had failed even for a second, He could not be our Savior. The Messiah must be perfect in every way, if He would be qualified to offer His life in exchange for all of ours. Jesus was always perfect from the moment He was conceived; to this very day, He remains perfect forever.

Conceived by the Holy Spirit, God dwelling with us:

Matthew 1:20-23 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Born as the Son of God:

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest…

Born as the Savior of the world:

Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord

He grew, and became filled with wisdom:

Luke 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Our understanding in these matters is limited to what the scriptures state. The point of Isaiah’s prophecy is that the Messiah will be: awaken(ed) …morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

Jesus will learn and grow as a baby, a child, and a man; as any other human being, except that all the while, He will never cease to be God.

Those who come to Jesus for wisdom and seek to learn from Him by the things that He has taught and spoke to us through the scriptures, will gain the wisdom of the ages. All the treasuries of wisdom and knowledge are stored in Jesus, and He is the source of all truth and intelligence. A man may be of common origin, but in living a life where he seeks to know God, through Jesus Christ; any man, woman, or child, may gain eternal wisdom that is unattainable by any other means. There is no college or university that can bestow upon a person any greater degree of knowledge than can be obtained by seeking the wisdom of God through His word.

His example as a servant—unto the Father for our benefit, is exemplified in His incredible submission to the Father. Eight times, Jesus stated that He could only speak those things that God had given Him to say. John. 7:16 8:28, 46, 47; 12:49; 14:10, 24; 17: 8.

Is your heart hungry for the truth? Have you become jaded and cynical by the things of this world? Has religion and those who claim to be Holy men; wearied you and caused you to become disillusioned and skeptical?

Jesus is not like anyone you that have ever met before. He is unique, spectacular, and exceedingly greater than all human imagination. He has no hidden flaws that you will later discover and become disillusioned by. As you draw near to Jesus and seek to know Him—by His word and through intimate fellowship with Him, your mind and heart will constantly be filled with new and greater revelation of the eternal and the temporal. Your ever-increasing knowledge will lead you into paths of righteousness and impart genuine truth to your mind.

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy from Isaiah 50:4. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He came to us as a Baby, and He grew in wisdom and learned obedience, in the same way that we learn our obedience to God; by the things that we suffer. How marvelous is this great God, who humbled Himself and came to be one of us; so that He could give us eternal life.


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[6] Ibid, page 127
[7] http://elmertowns.com/books/online/names_jesusThe_Names_Of_Jesus%5BETowns%5D.pdf
[8] For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Romans 5:15
[9] “We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the Character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did, and I will show it from the Bible,”
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens . . . I say, if you were to see him to-day, you would see him like a man in form–like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form as a man . . . it is necessary that we should understand the character and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will refute that idea, and will take away and do away the veil, so that you may see . . . and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did,”
1. Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, Vol. 5, pages 613-614
2. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345
Joseph Smith said that God was once a man.
3. Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 3).
[10] Howell’s Textbook of Physiology, Second Edition, pages 885 and 886
[11] Rabbi Moses Alschech 1508-160
Abrabanel (1437-1508) said earlier:
“This is also the opinion of our own learned men in the majority of their Midrashim.”
Rabbi Yafeth Ben Ali ( second half of the 10th Century):
“As for myself, I am inclined to regard it as alluding to the Messiah.”
[12] “Mary Did You Know”, Written by Mark Lowry in 1994