More than a Great Teacher and Prophet, Jesus is God
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:28-30 NIV
What a Friend We have in Jesus is a great old hymn many of us have sung since we were children. Indeed, Jesus is our friend. John 15:3 reveals the extend of that friendship: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Notice what He said about himself in our focus text. “I and the Father are one.” Jesus is more than a friend, He is God.
I emphasize this point because it is a major truth that is often missed, minimized, or even denied by those who claim to be in the faith. If we say we believe in Jesus, then we must rely upon His claims about himself.
Let’s go back to the beginning of John’s gospel for some valuable insight on the divinity of Christ.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:1-3
Jesus is “the Word,” referenced in verse 1. We know that because John clarified the meaning later in verse 14. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father.”
And since Jesus is “the Word,” He is God who has been since the beginning. Don’t miss the third verse of John. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Jesus has always been, and He is the Creator.
So, at Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Christ, it is actually the historical event in which God, who has always been, became flesh and dwelt among us. That’s where we get the doctrinal truth that Jesus is the God-Man. He is fully God and fully man. And He is not half and half as our finite minds might try to rationalize.
Philippians 2:6-8 gives us more insight into how Jesus set aside His deity to become the only acceptable sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.
6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!
This ultimate sacrificial act of humility earned Jesus the highest position and greatest of all names, worthy of all worship. As you will notice in the following text, “every knee” will ultimately acknowledge that “Jesus Christ is Lord.” You and I worship Him as Lord — now and forever. But for those who reject Him, they too will one day bow down in worship. Sadly, their acknowledgement will come in defeat and not in victory.
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Now that I’ve presented the case for Jesus as God, I want you to think of this amazing fact. God loves us with the greatest love of all. Enough to empty Himself of His deity, become a man, and give His life for His friends.
Jesus is not just a great prophet as some would like you to believe. He wasn’t just a good teacher or the leader of a misguided cult. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:6) He reigns over heaven and earth, (Matthew 28:18) and He is coming again to reward all who trust in Him.
Make no mistake, Jesus is God. To believe anything less is to remain lost in sin and unsaved.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.