Last week I spent a short time looking at the Biblical texts for the divinity of Jesus … that Jesus is ‘the Son of God’ or as John 1:14 puts it, “The Word (God) became flesh and dwelt among us”. I wanted us this week to do some thinking about what the implications of this are for us today.
Firstly we can have real knowledge of God. John 14:9 says if you have seen me you have seen the Father. Prophets simply came bearing messages from God to people but when Jesus came he was God speaking directly to people … he spoke the words of God. So if we want to know what the love of God is like, or what the power of God is like, or what the holiness of God is like … we simply need to look at Jesus.
Secondly, we now know that redemption is available to us. When Christ the Son of God died, his death was sufficient for all sinners that have ever lived. He was not just a man, like you or I. When he died, the infinite God died, once and for all on the cross, as both the perfect sacrifice and as the perfect mediator between us and God (why not read Hebrews 9-10). In doing this he redeemed us (John 3:36, 1 Peter 3:18).
Thirdly, God and man are now reunited. God himself has crossed the chasm created by our sin between us and God and he has rescued us.
Finally our response to all this is worship Christ. That is, to be people who serve him with all our heart and soul and mind and strength and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Jesus is not merely a high achieving creature or an exalted angel but he is God. And as God he is to be worshipped by us. He alone is deserving of our praise, adoration and obedience. As is the Father.
Next week we might look at the other side of the coin and see how Jesus is not just 100% divine but he is also 100% human.