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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