Why did Jesus have to be a man?
In our day of gender dysphoria and radical ideas about God (i.e., God is Transgender), we cannot take anything for granted—including the maleness of Jesus. Since everything about gender is being questioned, we need to see all Scripture says about gender, including why Jesus had to be a man. In the Incarnation, Jesus gender was not chosen at random. It was not accidental, nor was it incidental to his identity and mission.
Rather, as the centerpiece of God’s revelation, Jesus gender was divinely-intended. And as the canon of Scripture reveals, Jesus was the antitype to which all other types—saviors, leaders, kings, and priests—pointed. His maleness, therefore, was a vital component of his ability to save Israel and the world.
Though we don’t often question Jesus’ maleness, we should not take it for granted either. By considering why Jesus had to be a man helps understand who he is, what he came to do, and why gender is not a fluid concept we create for ourselves. Just like everyone else, Jesus received his gender for the purpose of glorifying God and fulfilling his calling.
May we consider Jesus’ maleness and why playing fast and loose with XY chromosomes—his or ours—has deadly, devastating effects. Continue reading
Brett McKay, from the “Art of Manliness,” challenges men to hustle. In the spirit of Mark Chanski’s Manly Dominion or Owen Strachan’s Risky Gospel, McKay (with a few more expletives) challenges men to stop making excuses and hustle. He makes his point by observing how leaders in history hustle. He writes,
Looking at the men that I admire from history, they all have one thing in common: they were hustlers. Theodore Roosevelt accomplished an insane amount of work because he lived the strenuous life, i.e. hustled. Thomas Edison patented thousands of inventions and perfected the light bulb because he spent all day hustling. Frederick Douglass was an orator, diplomat, newspaper editor and author because he hustled. And pretty much every self-made man has the same story.
With a few personal anecdotes McKay makes a strong case that true men do not passively wait for good things to happen. They make things happen. Over all his article is worth reading, with a few caveats.
- Hustle will accomplish much on earth, but unless a man abides in Christ, he will accomplish nothing of eternal value. As John 15:5 says, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Likewise, Jesus said in Mark 8:36, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” In short, hustle can make great earthly gains, but it is insufficient for heavenly treasure (cf. Matt 6:19-21).
- Similarly, this “world may belong to those who hustle,” as McKay says, but the age to come still belongs to the meek. Against the worldly wisdom that the world belongs to those who work for it, Jesus says the earth will ultimately be given “as an inheritance” (i.e., a gift) to the meek (Matt 5:5).
- Meekness and hustle are not mutually exclusive in the life of a Christian. God created a world where hard work is rewarded, and rightfully so. Proverbs speaks often about the dangers of idleness and the blessings of diligence. But no amount of hustle, work, or wisdom can earn a place in God’s eternal kingdom for men born “in Adam” (Rom 5:18-19). Christ alone gained the kingdom through hard work. Why? Because he alone worked without sin. For him, he gained the whole world by way of his perfect righteousness. For the rest of us, sin invites God’s wrath and misdirects our work.
- That said, hustle, hard work, and endurance are societal norms for the kingdom of God. While hustle will not earn the kingdom, it is a value esteemed in the kingdom. Paul says in Ephesians 2:10 that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works. Likewise, Paul commended the example of hustle when he compared himself to others saying, “I worked harder than anyone of them” (1 Cor 15:10), but Paul quickly added, “though it was not I, but the grace of God that is within me.”
Therefore, with these caveats in place, we can say that man’s calling is to organize the chaos, build organizations, solve problems, fix equipment, save lives, and serve others with passion, wisdom, and hustle. Passivity and purposelessness are not manly values, and neither are they godly qualities. Real men hustle, and saved by grace and empowered by the Spirit, men of God will hustle in their earthly labors.
Soli Deo Gloria, ds
(HT: Eric Bancroft)
Here is the intro to an blog post I wrote for CBMW.
How long does it take to lose a proper view of biblical masculinity?
Assuming that someone has been exposed to a true vision of manhood, the amount of time depends. For those who have gleaned from Scripture that God made men and women different, it would take some time and convincing. But tragically, in a (church) culture devoid of strong biblical literacy, a biblical view of manhood could be stolen in sixty seconds or less.
To find out how television commercials reinforce wrong-headed views of biblical masculinity, see my post at CBMW’s website : Gone in Sixty Seconds.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss
I love Biblical Theology that informs daily living, and I love my son, so I have two great reasons to commend Owen Strachan’s three-part series on “A Biblical Blueprint for Manhood.” Owen, a good friend who I greatly respect, traces out biblical wisdom for raising young men who are strong, on the alert, standing firm in the faith, acting like men, and doing all things in love (cf. 1 Cor. 16:13-14). Considering age-graded aspects of biblical boyhood, adolescence, and manhood, these CBMW blogs esteem biblical wisdom over and above anything which the world has to offer. Here is an excerpt:
Many young men about to graduate from college seem to realize that adolescence is getting a bit old. It’s slightly weird to dress and talk and look like a high-school boy while pushing into the twenties. Yet such men have precious little sense about what to do with that realization. So they lose themselves in a sea of self-indulgence, floating with a vague sense of shame and inadequacy. In the past, American manhood was biblically informed and defined by certain events and experiences. Now, many men do nothing but drift. Though the Bible does not spell out in a single passage the way a boy becomes a man, it does include some poignant exchanges that provide clarity in the presence of confusion.
You can read them all here:
A Blueprint for Manhood, Part 1: The Problem, a Solution, and the First Few Years of a Boy’s Life
A Blueprint for Manhood, Part 2: In Adolescence and Beyond, the Importance of Living for Others
A Blueprint for Manhood, Part 3:Maturity, Singleness, and the Legacy Every Man Can Leave
May we be biblically-reformed men, and for those who are bringing up boys, may we pray for and work towards shaping young men who walk wisely by fearing God, loving others, picking up the cross daily to follow Christ–the true man!!!
Sola Deo Gloria, dss