Many things have happened in my life that have led to me writing about Jesus Christ today. From the Sunday school classes, to the class 3 debate on which disciple The Lord loved most. From the teary moments 2004, 2012 and to 2013 when I have lost age mates, friends, best friends… to the happy moments when dreams have come true and prayers have been answered. I had no better title for this post and I hope you understand my views on who Jesus is because He lives now and forever.
From the beginning God, in the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran, referred to Himself as either ‘we’ or ‘us’. For example in Gen 1:26 God said, “Let Us make man in Our image and Our likeness…” or in Surah 19:40 where God says “It is We who will remain after the earth and all who are inhabiting it have perished…” It is not easy for me to put this out clearly, but from the verses (and many others) we see that God refers to self in the plural form. Something that makes no sense to us normal human beings. Why would God refer to Himself in the plural? Why would He call Himself We?
There is only ONE GOD and He refers to self as WE, US, OUR… I don’t know about you, but to me this has sparked a series of questions.
John 1:1 however tries to break this down for us by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” This he, John, writes while referring to Jesus. It tells us that Christ Jesus lived in the beginning, that everything that was created was created by and through Jesus. Why? Because Christ Jesus was with God. How? Because Jesus was and is God.
Jesus was in the beginning. It is with this thought that we find the answer as to why God refers to self as ‘We’. And not just that. In the end of His time on earth, Jesus told His disciples that He will send a helper, The Holy Spirit. This answers the questions.
God exists as God the Father, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. It is by this nature that He describes Himself as “Us” and “We”. Jesus did not just appear from anywhere and come to save humanity. He was there at the creation and will be there in the very end because He is God.
Now why is Jesus called the Son of God then?
We say that Jesus is the Son of God and this I believe is due to the fact that:
God gave Himself out as the perfect sacrifice for the cleansing of our sins. He came down in the form of man and was born by the Virgin Mary so that He dwelled amongst men and became the perfect example to us on how we should live our lives. We are all children of God but when God, Jesus Christ, gave himself up to come down to earth as a normal man, He became the Only Son of God. Out of all men then He was the only one worthy, only one Holy and only one whose blood could be an acceptable sacrifice for the cleansing of our sins.
Back then, one was to present various types of clean animals to the priests so that their sins would be forgiven. But no single creation was ‘clean’ enough to be the final sacrifice for all humans. So Jesus came down (God came down) and was made man through His birth. He lived and dwelled among men. Was tempted and overcame. And in the end, as a man, died on the cross as the final sacrifice so that all men would have direct access to the Father through Him. I say through Him because no one gets to the Father but through Jesus. Even the verses from John 1:1 attest to this when they say “Everything that is was made through Him and nothing that was made was made without Him”.
We were created through Him. We were formed and planned and set on earth through Him. He has been there from the start and will be there to the end because He is God. The whole story of existence revolves around Him.
From the beginning The Bible has revolved around the Christ. The prophets talked of His coming, the Psalmists sung of His birth. And why? Because like during the fall of man in the Garden of Eden when an animal was killed so as to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, so is the death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection when He conquered death. So that we sinful men have died in Him and have arisen new beings made white as snow from His pure blood. So that we sinful men through Him, have conquered death.
He has been God ever since. He has been with us ever since and that why he is called the Emmanuel, meaning God with us. He will be here forever. That’s why even years before his birth, the prophet Isaiah said:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called
- Mighty God
- The Everlasting Father
- The Prince of Peace
Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…” Isaiah 9:6.
Jesus is Wonderful. Read of his acts. Read his lessons. He counsels, He is there for you since He has lived as a Man. Jesus is the Mighty God. Jesus is the Everlasting Father (now and forever). He is the Prince of Peace. His government will have no end and so will His Peace.
And that is the peace I have in saying Jesus is God. Amen.