He Will Be Called, Mighty God

The prophet Isaiah, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, calls Jesus Messiah, “Mighty God.”  It is an incredible thought:  God became a man.  I have lost track of the number of times I have awakened from sleep to ponder that extraordinary fact.  How could God be limited to flesh?  For literally hundreds of years after the church came into existence in A.D. 30, councils met to consider (among other things) the precise nature of Jesus Christ.  The world in the 21st century still grapples with the assertion of the Bible that Jesus is, in fact, God in the flesh. 

 Monday…Consider this statement of Jesus: “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:7-9).  C.S. Lewis observed that Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic or the Lord.  I would add to that list the word, “legend.”  The fact is that C.S. Lewis knew Jesus as Lord.  Consider the other alternatives and realize this Christmas season that the Carpenter from Galilee was Jehovah God.

 Tuesday…No other religion in the world postulates God as being Trinitarian   (“Tri-unity”) in nature.  Other religions have triads, but not a trinity.  Tertullian  invented the word trinity.  Though the word is not found in the Bible, the concept  is found all the way through the Bible beginning in the book of Genesis where God says, “Let US make man in OUR image” (Genesis 1:26,27).  God the Father, God the Son and God The Holy Spirit comprise the Godhead.  Jesus is, indeed, “Mighty God.”

 Wednesday…The concept of “God” calls forth many images.  It is difficult for me to visualize God, but I have no trouble visualizing Jesus.  God became a man precisely to identify with us and to allow us to properly identify with Him.  If God seems mysterious to you, find out all you can about His Son, Jesus.  In so doing, since Jesus is God manifest, you will know more about your Heavenly Father.

 Thursday…Philippians 2 should be read regularly by every Christian.  Embedded in that chapter is (probably) an early hymn of the church which tells us a great deal about our Savior, Jesus.  Among other things, we learn that Jesus did not think His equality with God was something He had to firmly grasp, but He could lay His glory (not His nature) aside for awhile without losing His position as the second person of the Trinity. 

 Friday…In the Gospel of John, there are eight “I Am” statements regarding Jesus Christ.  In John 8:58 Jesus refers to Himself as, “I Am.”  Students of the Bible will immediately recognize Exodus 3 where Jehovah God reveals Himself to Moses as the great “I Am.”  When Jesus equated Himself with Jehovah God, He was telling the truth.