One of the questions that Blanchard asks about God coming to earth in the form of a human being, in Jesus of Nazareth is this: “If God did become a man, what kind of man would he be?” That is a really good question. Blanchard provides nine. There may be others, but the nine that he gives are powerful and thought provoking. I thought you might enjoy them.
If God became a man…
1. …he would be able to explain the Old Testament.
“21 You have heard … 22 But I say to you …” (Matthew 5:21-22)
“45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)
2. …he would live a perfect life.
“15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
“21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
3. …he would know what everybody else was thinking.
“24But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.” (John 2:24-25)
4. …he would be unchangeable.
“8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
5. …he would be able to solve any food supply crisis immediately.
“… 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:13-21)
“… 37 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 38 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 15:32-38)
6. …he would be able to heal sicknesses whenever he chose to do so.
“23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. (Matthew 4:23-24)
7. …he could bring the dead back to life.
“18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ …25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. …” (Matthew 9:18-26)
“14Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’ 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.” (Luke 7:11-17)
“43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.'” (John 11:1-44)
8. …he could control the natural elements.
“…24 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.” (Luke 8:24b)
9. …and was somehow put to death, he would come back to life.
“3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)