French Duke Jean de Berry had a pug nose. He decided to glory in it by embossing it on every possible object. He celebrated it by inviting to his home as honored guests those with...pug noses. We also know that Cyrano de Bergerac populated a mythical kingdom with people of LONG NOSES.
The spiritual point is: God’s Heaven will be FULL, but only of people who presently commit to being as much like Jesus as possible. Only they! Which challenges us to live now as if we’re already in heaven since we won’t otherwise be there when we die. Any other goal in life leaves us short of entering God’s Presence.
One man who survived the Titanic disaster sent a one-word telegram to his mother: SAVED! Christians must now commit to make growth in discipleship their life-purpose. That effort alone, coupled with GRACE, completes our best effort and qualifies us, when the angel finds our name on our page in “the book” and shouts SAVED! Revelation 20:12
In conclusion, as a full human, Jesus knew temptation, without surrendering to it. He knew suffering, without being defeated by it. He knew death, without decaying. Because...he was by his very nature GOD: the whole man human, the whole man Deity. Owing only his humanity to his earthly mother; for his eternal Nature came when his eternal Father declared, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father” Hebrews 1:5. Fini