The physical body is animalistic and its defence also follows the pattern of the animal kingdom. The behaviour of any creature, observed in this world, is governed through the process of birth, growth and death. That pattern is similar to human beings. However, Jesus came to redeem humanity from that animalistic condition. Humanity is inherent with eternal life.
A human being, conditioned according to the process of birth, growth and death, cannot appreciate anything outside that cycle. This is what caused the Jews to disown Jesus. Everything Jesus said could not make sense to them. Their understanding was limited to what conditioned them according to birth, growth and death. However, as created in God’s image, humans are eternal, just as God is also eternal.
Jesus was also born of a woman, but only for the purpose of leading humanity out of the condition of birth, growth and death. This is why Jesus declared Himself as the way, the truth and the life. Through Jesus, any person can come out of the condition of birth, growth and death. The physical life serves only as a means to discover one’s identity as God’s child.
The key Scripture to understand the nature of humanity is in the Book of Genesis. Lacking faith, as alluded to, by Jesus, even as affects His disciples, lies in not appreciating the significance of man’s creation. Otherwise, there is nothing hidden about the creation of man, except disbelief or lack of faith.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27 NIV).
Scriptures do not reveal what happened after humanity’s creation. The above Scripture also shows that God is pluralistic in nature. Jesus also declared Himself as being God, making it safe to prescribe God, as a system.
Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
Jesus answered them, “is it not written in you Law, ‘I have said you are gods?” If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken—what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
“Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp (John 10:31-39 NIV).
Their main contention was that Jesus declared Himself as one in the position of God. But, Jesus also intimated humanity being gods, referring to Psalms 82:6. That Scripture prophetically projected the referred people, using the God term. Yet, they accused Jesus of calling Himself God’s Son.