If Jesus is God, how come He does not know the day and hour?

Mar_13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Mark 13:32 is one of the difficult verses in the bible, it sounds as a contradiction inside the bible depicting a Jesus who is just a mere human and therefore refuting the entire Christian doctrine of the Divinity of Christ. It is at this verse that most of skepticism arises; the claim is that if Jesus doesn't know the Hour He can't be God because God is omniscient, that is all knowing.

One obvious mistake that these skeptics make is to take a verse out of context and try to explain it. It never works because the context of the passage defines the text; a verse belongs to a chapter which belongs to a book that belongs to a testament inside a canon.

The hour

The first thing we should look at is the day and hour that Jesus is referring to. There are two views to this particular text, one is the hour on which the destruction of the Jewish temple would take place, and the other is the one that most people are familiar with, the second coming of Christ. We will just focus on the hour without arguing about which view is correct.

No man Knows but the Father

The second part of this text deals with the knowledge of the day and hour when it would take place. We cannot ignore the fact that Jesus said He doesn't know the day and the hour but we should read and interpret this text in a way the author intended us to. It is clear that the knowledge of the day and hour has not been put in subjection to anyone, not even the angels, but God alone has this knowledge unto Himself. You might be asking you self now, isn't Jesus God? Yes He is God. Then how come He doesn't know if He is God? We shall answer this shortly, lets examine some of the view that have been brought to this passage.

1. The first view is that of Thomas Aquinas that says that When Jesus said He didn't know, He was not actually saying He didn't truly know. The problem with this view is that it would make Jesus a liar by saying He didn't Know when He knew.

2. The second view is that of kenosis that says Jesus when He came into the world, He gave up all His divine attributes including omniscient and that is why He didn't know. This view sounds convincing but leads to heresy, Jesus never gave up His divine attribute, He chose not to exercise His prerogatives, read the article about the Hypostatic Union

3. The last view is that Jesus when He said He doesn't know was referring to His human nature as He was fully human with all the full human attributes. This view however answers our question without scathing the understanding of the reader's mind.

If the divine nature of Christ was ignorant of the day and hour then that would allow us to conclude that He is not God, but here we find that Jesus as a man was not all knowing, not only was He not all knowing but He slept, was hungered and also died. The Divine nature does not take part in those kinds of activities, but the human nature. The knowledge of the day and hour was only know to the Divine nature and we can then say that on His human nature He was fully man and on His Divine nature He was fully God. He was not telling a lie when He said He didn't know but it can only be attributed to His human nature.

Soli Deo Gloria