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Today is a day I wish I was home, I don’t feel to well, I am getting sick. And of course today is also a day I have to teach for 8 hours… 6 of those 8 hours are pure lecture… What joy.
I love teaching, I get a natural high from it, but when I am sick, I hate it, all I want to do is crawl off to bed or to sit on the couch and watch TV or old movies.
But being sick did bring to mind a question… Did Jesus ever have a cold or the flu? Did Jesus get sick?
Odd question I know, but that’s what popped into my head as I sat down to write this blog. In truth we do not know, the bible gives us no clue to this. The omission of the fact is not a statement of Jesus never got sick. The bible also never states that Jesus went to the bathroom, but we know he must have. So did Jesus get sick?
Some would say no, that Jesus could not have gotten sick because sickness was due to our sin and Jesus never sinned. That prior to Adam and Eve eating of the tree and sinning, humanity knew not of sickness. That it is a punishment for mankind’s sins.
Others would argue that if Jesus was to truly be human he would have had to have had a cold or at least a sniffles, That illness is a part of life, and for Jesus to be truly human sickness would have been part of that. Sinless or not, Jesus would have had a cold sometime in his life, most likely as a child.
Both, too me, are good arguments, and both, too me, can be right. I really don’t know were I fall on this one. The theological part of me states the sickness is due to sin, Jesus did not sin therefore Jesus could not have gotten sick. But the human part of me states that if Jesus was truly human than he would have to totally understand humanity and that includes getting a cold.
This debate can back and forth all day long, and in truth I don’t think it can ever be resolved. But I just thought it was an interesting question.
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I was thinking…Jesus sweated blood profusely. If you did that, they would take you to a doctor. The truth is, Jesus did have a “doctor”. In Luke 22 there was an angel already on scene to “strengthen” Him. If you are in such anguish to the point of sweating blood, then you have already “thrown up” everything long before that. Even though He was God, He was still so human that He actually needed physical nursing from an outside source. Prior to that, He needed more than just one angel. He needed a team of angels to attend to Him after wandering in a harsh desert without food for 40 days. If one angel was attending to Him for sweating blood, then what was going on that He needed a team of angels to help Him recover from the Wilderness experience? You don’t dispatch angels (plural) all the way from Heaven for a picnic lunch LOL! I think something heavy was going down…If this interests you, check out my blog for more.
All true, but that is not sickness.
That is what is so amazing about Him! He experienced “physical conditions” which allowed Him to, in a sense, “feel sick” and go through the process (like we do)of needing aid more than once. Although He didn’t have leprosy or cancer, He knows what’s it’s like to experience severe nausea and can empathize with us. He’s beautiful in His humanity and the way He relates to us!
I agree…. Ihave always said Jesus must feel all things humans feel… If he didn’t, that that would change everything…