The divinity of Jesus is the thing which sets him apart from every other man before or since. It is a truth that ultimately brought about his crucifixion by the Jewish leaders of his day. This is something I don’t think we’ll ever fully comprehend: God becoming man, becoming sin.
Now imagine trying to fit the majesty and vastness of the entire universe, our sun and every star *, into a single marble. This is a little like Jesus, life itself, light of the world, putting aside all glory and becoming a baby, born in a feeding trough.
Jesus is fully God and fully man, perfection incarnate. Without him we have no possible means to bridge the division between us and God the Father. Through him all things were made. He is the very conduit through which God and man, creator and creation, meet. He is the link between two places that are literally worlds apart, but because of him, have gloriously collided together!
The humanity of Jesus is the thing which sets him apart from the rest of the Godhead. He is flesh and blood. He knew pain, joy, fear, love, hunger, death. For this reason he can meet us in our innermost being, in our burdens, but also lift us up with the divine authority to set us free.
Discussion: Talk about how you’ve known the power of Jesus in your own life and a time when you’ve experienced Jesus’ humanity.
Discussion: Thomas’ astonishing personal revelation of who Jesus was after his resurrection would have irrefutably confirmed the purpose for the rest of his life: to know and make known the living God, to follow the Lamb wherever he leads.
We all doubt. Have you had a personal encounter with Jesus that has fully convinced you about who he is? Do you need another one?
Action: Take a moment over the next few days to ask God to show you who He is. This could be quietly praying on your own, whilst reading the bible, out in creation, during worship. There is always more to know.
Emmanuel – ‘God with us’. His coming was prophesied some 700 years before he came:
Unto us a Son is born… and His name shall be called… Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
During his ministry he stated his divinity to the Jewish authorities using their name for God:
Before Abraham was, I am.
After he had risen to life again Thomas had absolutely no doubt who he was:
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
* Let’s get a bit of perspective. Our sun is 93 million miles away and is a million times the size of the Earth. Our Milky Way is about 100,000 light-years across and is home to about 400 billion stars. There are 47 galaxies in our ‘local’ galaxy cluster. Our resident Supercluster is 110 million light-years across, it contains about 100 galaxy clusters. The observable universe is about 93 billion light-years in diameter and is home to about 10-billion superclusters and altogether houses about 30 billion trillion stars. (Try and write that number out!)
Scripture refs: Isaiah 9:6-7, John 8:58, John 20:28, Philippians 2:5-11 Wednesday 13 to Tuesday 19 April 2016 Download this post as a pdf