And the Word was God…—John 1:1The church that I belong to provides a Bible study guideline for the study time that takes place during their weekly service. It seems as though the subject of last week’s lesson was the Divinity of Jesus, because I received no less than 10 emails or text messages from friends who teach these classes in their respective churches. The emails and messages asked nearly identical questions regarding this subject.
Rather than debating whether or not Jesus was God, let’s assume that Jesus was God. Let’s assume He was Divine and look rather at how He defined Divinity. What does Divinity mean? Who was Jesus? Well, He was God! But what does that mean? What is God? One verse immediately comes to mind: “God is Love” (I John 4:8).
Paul states that Jesus is God’s own self-revelation:
God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Jesus is referred to as “the radiance of [the Father’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature.” (Hebrews 1:3)
Jesus himself stated, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me . . . He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” (John 14:9-10) Did you catch that? Jesus was the express revelation of what type of a person God truly is, because during every moment of Jesus’ life, he was not merely Jesus, but the Father within Jesus living out His love.
A friend once questioned me, “If God loves us so much, why did He send His Son? Why didn’t He just come Himself?” That’s an excellent question, but the truth is this: He did come Himself. God did not send someone else, He came Himself in the person of His Son! God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Consider these statements:
“Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.’ 2 Corinthians 5:19. God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death of Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption.”- Steps to Christ, p. 13
“God gave Himself in His Son that He might have the joy of receiving back the sheep that was lost.”- Christ Object Lessons pg. 190
“Every gift is stamped with the cross and bears the image and superscription of Jesus Christ. All things come of God. From the smallest benefits up to the largest blessing, all flow through the one Channel–a superhuman mediation sprinkled with the blood that is of value beyond estimate because it was the life of God in His Son.”- Faith and Works pg. 22
I would like to encourage you to spend some time this week simply writing down one-word descriptions of what you see in Jesus. Then ponder the list. Ask the tough questions. Consider: had the Father come instead of the Son, not one note would have been different. The song would have remained the same. The story would be left unchanged. . .