“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody sins, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” I John 2:1.
How do you see Jesus? Some see Jesus as a great teacher, or a prophet, or archangel or even the first of God’s creation. It is important that we have it settled in our minds as to who Jesus really is. The Jews of His day understood the nature of His claims of being “The Christ”, and “The Son of God”.
His claims to being God are clear and strong in the Bible. We read, “For a good work we stone thee not,” replied the Jews, “But for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God John 10:33 (A.S.V.). On another occasion the Jews tried to kill Him because He “called God his own Father, making himself equal with God” John 5:18 (A.S.V.). The Bible is emphatic that if Jesus is not “The Christ”, “The Son of God,” which means, of the same essence with the Father, then, He is but a charlatan or a lunatic.
Jesus, who is God, blessed forever, the eternal “I AM”, stepped out of eternity into time to become our Savior. God acknowledged Jesus as His Son at His Baptism and on the Mount where He was transfigured. Finally, His resurrection was proof that He is the Son of God (Romans 1:4). In Hebrews 1:6 God commanded His angels to worship Him.
If Jesus is not God, then worshipping Him would be improper. Jesus can be worshipped, God permitting, only because He is on an equal footing with the Father. Indeed, Jesus is the Righteous One in the absolute sense. Let’s give Him all the praise.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to acknowledge Jesus to be God. Amen