A couple of days ago we looked at the necessity of Jesus being fully man. Now we look at the necessity of Jesus being fully God. Why is this important for our salvation and our understanding of who Jesus is?
Throughout the New Testament there are hundreds of passages that point to Jesus being God, “the LORD”, and the Messiah. There are at least seven passages that are undeniably pointing to Jesus as the one true God. These passages include John 1:1; 1:18; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8 (quotes Psalm 45:6); and 2 Peter 1:1.
Old Testament passages refer to Christ as being God as well. Isaiah 9:6 is a familiar one: “For to us a child is born, to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God…'”.
John the Baptist quotes an Old Testament passage (Isaiah 40:3) when he says of Jesus, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” (Matthew 3:3).
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?
Why is it necessary for us to understand Jesus’ deity?
If Jesus was not fully God then our salvation would not be attainable. Jonah 2:9 says that salvation comes from God alone. No human being, no earthly creature could have carried the weight of the world’s sin. This was a weight that only God could bear. No human effort was capable of redeeming humanity. Only God could pay the ransom necessary for our salvation. Only one who was fully God could be the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), and only one who was fully God could reveal God most fully to his creation (John 14:9).
If Jesus was not fully God then salvation for us would be hopeless. There would be no Christianity, no church, and no hope for the human race. But because of God’s great love for us, because of his grace, he took it upon himself to do what only he was capable of doing. And thus we have hope for freedom, through the works of Christ alone.
Spend some time reflecting on God’s great love for you. He knows you by name. He has counted your days. He knows your every thought, why you shed every tear, and what brings you the most joy.
Imagine you were one of Jesus’ original twelve disciples. Think of what your reaction would have been as you understood more each day of who Jesus actually is. That you are walking, talking, and interacting with the Creator of the Universe. What would that have been like? Would you find it intimidating? Would you have been scared? Would there have been things you wanted to hide? What questions would you have asked him?
Now spend some time talking to the Creator of the Universe. He hears you. He wants to speak to you. Will you let him now?