55 Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother called Mary, and His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, aren’t they all with us? So where does He get all these things?”
Jesus had brothers and sisters.Mary had biological children. People knew that Jesus’ dad was a carpenter.Jesus was God, but He was a man as well.This is a great comfort and hope for us in two pronounced ways:
(1) He can relate to and empathize with us because He knows what it’s like to be one of us
(2) He lived a perfect human life.
God requires us to live a perfect human life.All of us have fallen short of doing that.As a result, we’re in trouble.But God has provided an opportunity for a great exchange to occur.
Jesus is willing to take our broken, sinful, ugly lives and in exchange He promises to give us His perfect, spotless, beautiful life.In this exchange, we are provided with salvation: free from the wrath we deserve and rewarded with eternal life as though we finished the race perfectly.
This is the Gospel.
Jesus was a man.
Jesus was God.