Jesus as Deity, Jesus as Man, Groaning.

When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her (also) sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled (He chafed = raged-in spirit and sighed and was disturbed verse 33). …Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. John 11:33, 38 Amplified Bible.

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb… John 11:33, 38 NKJV.

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Groaning, embrimaomai; Strong’s #1690. Derived from en, “in” and brime, “strength.” This word is a genuine nugget that expresses Jesus as Deity, and as Man.

And He groaned and sighed deeply in His spirit and said, “Why does this generation demand a sign?” Mark 8:12 Amplified, also in John 11:33. We are seeing His deepest feelings. Here the word spirit represents what every human has, a personal spirit, including Jesus as the Son of Man.

The Lord was deeply moved doubtless with the combination of circumstances, (as a man the death of Lazarus) present and in the immediate future His resurrection). In our main text John 11 verse 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life (Zoe, Strong’s #2222 God’s life –eternal). He who comes to Me, though he may die, he shall live.” Jesus states here He is God.

As stated above embrimaomai is used to express anger as in Mark 14:5. Anger is an integral characteristic of Jesus himself. His anger displays His humanity and yet its objects point to His deity. He is angry at forces that oppose God. e.g., Satan (Mt.4:10) demons (MK.1:25) Leprosy (Mk.1:41) the wicked and hypocritical (Jn. 8:44; Mt. 12:34).

His angry sorrow at the Pharisees is that of the merciful Lord whose love encounters only a legalistic hate that wants law, not love, and thus reacts with merciless hostility (Mk. 3:5-6).

By word and act Jesus manifests God’s eschatological wrath. He is Lord of the last judgment (Ps. 2:12) who denies evildoers (Mt. 7:23), destroys enemies (Lk. 19:27), and casts into the furnace of fire (Mt.13:42). Jesus is the Son of Man (Fully human) and the Son of God (God in the flesh).

He is the sole expression of the glory of God (the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine), and he is the perfect imprint and very image of (God’s) nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power…Hebrews 1:3 Amplified.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 06:22:11

    There is certainly nothing wrong with getting angry. Jesus himself displays anger on a number of occasions; usually expressed towards the “religious” leaders..

    “Be angry and sin not.” This is the verse that tells us when our anger needs checking. If we sin as a result of our anger, we are in the wrong.

    Of course, our glorious Lord was (and is) perfect in every way. What patience He has with us. How he groans for the salvation of man.


    • Mannyr
      Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:23:41

      I agree on anger. I have to remember that anger is the strongest of all passions. I have a bent toward showing our Lord as fully man and fully God. I think about our founding Fathers like John Adams. He was a Christian that did not believe Jesus was God in the flesh. He was Unitarian. Go figure.


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