Have you ever used any of those to give a little leniency or understanding to your or someone else’s sin? (I’m nodding yes as I type). We don’t mean to justify the sin, but to say it’s because we’re human is straight up the antithesis of Gospel. Being human does not mean automatic sin. How do we know this?
Take a look at how Hebrews explains the humanity of the main character of the Christmas story.
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” – Hebrews 2:14-18
Fully human! In every way!
God didn’t send his Son into the world half human / half angel. This wasn’t a “I’m going to send an ultra-powerful form of myself into the world to amaze people and get them to join my cult” move. He had to be made human to break the power of Satan. He was made exactly like us to set us free.
The last sentence of that verse is beautiful. Jesus suffered. And it doesn’t say he suffered so that we never would. He suffered so that he could help us when we’re tempted.
So when you’re tempted, don’t think of yourself as human. Think of Jesus as human. More specifically, think about why He was human.