REASON FOR JESUS
Reason For Jesus
“Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham existed (givnomai), I am.” – John 8:58
By Del Potter M.A.A.
Reason For Concern
30% of US evangelicals do not believe that Jesus is God, survey says.
According to a preliminary release on the findings of the 2020 State of Theology survey reported by Lifeway Research, 52% of American adults believe that Jesus was a great teacher, but he is not God. Among those surveyed who identified as evangelicals, 30% agree that Jesus was merely a great teacher, and “nearly 65% still agree with the statement, Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God."
Reason For Reflection
I (Del Potter) remember once (ok many times!) in grade school I was sent to the principal’s office for talking in class. The principle had called my mom and told her that she would have to come and pick me up because I was disrupting the class. First, I was kicked out of class in front of all the students, then I was sent to the principal’s office for a reprimand, and then, if that was not enough, they called my mom. When my mom arrived she just stared at me and I remember how humiliated I felt because she had to take off work and drive all the way to school just to take care of my rebellion against the school system. Some would say that Christ the God man was humiliated by lessoning himself to come and take care of our rebellion against God, but I think it is we who should feel humiliated because in order for Him to take care of our rebellion, He had to take the form of a bond servant and empty Himself out (Phil 2:6-8) and coming to meet us where we were to deliver us from the curse of sin.
Reason For Truth
Jesus was fully God; He was fully human. If Jesus lacked any of the two attributes mentioned, He would cease to be who the bible says He was. It is all or nothing. The bible tells us that it was necessary for God to become fully human so we could fully know and understand Him (John 1:1-18). The bible also tells us that it was God’s good pleasure that His fullness of deity dwell in the body of Christ (Col 1:19; 2:9). I think of it like this, if we were all cows and were in need of a savior to forgive us of all our foul deeds, (ok, that was bad) and God sent himself in the form of a goat, would we be able to understand or relate to what He was trying to say? Certainly not! Because we are human and much more special than anything else, He created (Luke 12:6-7), God needed to come in the form of man so we could fully understand Him and what He is doing. God knew it had to be all or nothing, so He had to be both fully human and fully divine in order to give His life a ransom for many because “he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).”
The Bible is abundant in scriptural evidence that supports Jesus is both fully human, fully divine. Jesus had human names (i.e., Jesus, Son of David), was experienced by others as a human being (John 9:16), had a body (1 John 1:1), spoke our language, referred to himself as a man (John 8:40); others referred to him as a man (Acts 3:22); experienced life as a human being (Luke 2:52), including hunger (Matt 4:2), thirst (John 19:28), tiredness (John 4:6), sorrow and distress (John 11:35; Luke 13:34-35), and ignorance (Mark 13:32); he had a human soul (Luke 23:46), and died (Hebrews 2:14-15). Furthermore, the bible clearly suggests that since He was of a virgin birth and conceived of the Holy Spirit, he was without sin and therefore truly God incarnate (Mt 1:23), for God and God alone is Holy and righteous and without sin (2 Cor 5:21). It is all or nothing!
By Del Potter M.A.A.