I have, over a period of several years, run across a number of individuals who are astounded when I make the statement, “Jesus is God.” Their astonishment always takes me by surprise and puzzles me as well.
They all comment, “Jesus is the Son of God, not God.” Where does this belief come from? Is the church purposefully teaching this idea or does it come from incomplete lessons and a failure to check with the students as to the thoroughness of the learning of the lesson?
This is undoubtedly the most important lesson the church, or any Christian, can possibly teach. If Jesus was not God, then his sacrifice on the cross is worthless. If I died on the cross for the sins of humanity, it would undoubtedly mean nothing. The fact that God became a man, then took the sins of the world onto Himself, is the only way that we become clean in God’s sight. It is the only way we become Holy and therefore can enter His presence.
Okay, so is Jesus God or not? Here are a few thoughts on the matter:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Exodus 3:14 I AM WHO I AM God giving His name as Yahweh.
John 8:58 Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Jesus called himself Yahweh (God) and the men he was speaking to knew it. That is the very reason they immediately tried to kill him.
John 17:5 Jesus prayed, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
John 3:13 Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
6:33-35 Jesus said “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread. ” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.”
6:38 Jesus said “ For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”
So you see that Christ himself says that he is God. He says that he has always existed.
Now, we go to a verse that everyone is familiar with at Christmas time, even those who never step into a church or open a Bible. I have said this verse myself so many times that I quit listening to it. Let’s read it slowly and carefully.
Is 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Did you hear it? The son’s name will be Everlasting Father!
There are many more verses we did not look at today that point to Christ having been in heaven before the incarnation. Let’s resolve to do a better job of teaching about Christ. The number one lesson should be – Jesus Christ is God!