Q22: Why Must the Redeemer be Truly Human?

New City Catechism: Question 22


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Thabiti Anyabwile, a pastor at Anacostia River Church in the Washington, D.C. answers the question, "Why must the Redeemer be truly human?”


Hebrews 2:17 (ESV)

17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question twenty-two with the following answer: that in human nature He might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that He might sympathize with our weaknesses.


Thabiti said Jesus came as a human to offer us an example of true humanity. He lived a sinless, righteous life before God so He could be a perfect sacrifice and our advocate before the Father. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Jesus provides us an example of what it means to be human—obeying and trusting God while loving and serving others. Jesus also stands in our place before the Father and relates to every human weakness.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Hebrews 2:17. Take a moment to reflect on Jesus’ humanity. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of belonging to God, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Hebrews 2:17. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you follow Him.



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