If Jesus Isn’t God Himself…
“If Jesus isn’t God Himself, are you saying He is just a man?” This is a thoughtful question that deserves a thoughtful answer. The Trinitarian view of God insists that Jesus is a divine “person” who has existed from all eternity. We think this rules out any chance of Him being truly human like the rest of us. I haven’t existed from eternity and none of my friends have either. We are saying that “There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” (I Timothy 2:5-6) Our mortal lives begin at birth and end at death. If Jesus was truly one of us He should have followed the same pattern… and He did! His mortal life began with His birth in Bethlehem and ended when He was crucified on Calvary. Jesus then created a gloriously new pattern of life and death when He rose from the dead, and now He invites us to share in His immortality!
Jesus Christ is Unique Among Men
Skeptics dismiss Christian belief on the grounds that, “The Bible is just a book filled with myths and stories that aren’t really true.” Most Christians believe that although the Bible is indeed a book (in fact a whole library of books) it is much more than “just a book”. Calling the Bible “just a book” implies that the Bible is simply one book among many and no different than all the rest. We affirm that the Bible is indeed a book, but not just a book! It is a unique book, in a class by itself and distinct from all others… and we can say the very same thing about our Savior. Jesus Christ is unique among men. He is in a class by Himself; sinless, perfect and distinct from all others… but he is still thoroughly and completely a man. He was most definitely one of us but He is not “just a man”.
Jesus is the Christ of God, the Anointed One
Jesus Christ is the only miraculously begotten Son of God. The Father called Him “My Beloved Son”. He is the Lamb of God and the Light of the World. No other man “ever spake like this man!” Who else has raised the dead, walked on water and stilled a tempest with a spoken word? Jesus is the Bread of Life and He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We know Him as the Good Shepherd, our High Priest and the Great Physician. Jesus Christ is our Savior, Kinsman Redeemer and Judge and yes… He was a man, a perfect man to be sure! But fortunately for us He was not “just a man”. Jesus is the Christ of God, the Anointed One, the Messiah and our Brother.
Copyright 2022 by Bob Shutes