How Big Is Jesus Really?

“You will find Jesus pretty much as you expect to. Not because He is exactly as you expect Him to be, but because He would be known by you, and you have insisted that He act only within the boundaries you’ve set. He’ll suffer these rules for years. This explains why one denomination experiences Christ in one way, and another denomination experiences Him differently. And why both are missing massive portions of His personality. They created rules, outside of which they forbid Him to act.” Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldridge

I don’t know about you, but this quote makes me very sad. I’m sad that I’m guilty of putting Jesus in a box for years, and perhaps I still do to some extent. How many of us have made God in our own image….what we deemed Him to be?

Mankind has often tried to measure how big God is; by words, statues, church buildings, or in music but, of course, He is immeasurable. Our individual interpretations of Him are so different. The Scripture uses words like Omnipotent, Sovereign, Eternal, Glorious in Holiness, Wonderful, Mighty, Holy, King, Lord, God to describe Him. Plus, the Scripture describes Him further by what He does and has done: creator, savior, faithful, forgiving, merciful, full of grace, love, redeemer, and so much more.

Not to mention that Jesus was God in the flesh. Yes, I just wrote that. Had I still been going to meetings, I would have been excommunicated for voicing this phrase. I know… I saw an entire family put out because of this belief they clung to.

The meeting group kept Jesus small. Prior to  leaving the fellowship, I believed in the Trinity, but also that Jesus was a sub person below God. He could not have been God here on earth because that would blow our whole concept of Him out of the water. Plus, how could that be? We can’t explain it, but since when is God fully explainable? If He was, we wouldn’t need faith and trust. Jesus was/is not allowed to be who He truly is in that group. Not even close.

This change in paradigm is so enormous, it took me several years to accept. I used to wonder why the group reduced Jesus to a lesser place and my conclusion is, He had to be lesser or else he couldn’t have been tempted in all areas and don’t we need a Savior who has been where we have been?

God needed a perfect sacrifice and since humans could never give a perfect sacrifice, only God could, and that was Jesus Himself. “The Word became flesh and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1-2)  There are so many Scriptures that support that Jesus was God.

Here is a list I’ve been making for years on this subject:  (Try looking each one up in several translations)  I will say this though about this subject; I am fully convinced that for those of us who were taught that Jesus was not God, it takes a revelation from God Himself to make this clear to you.

  • Isaiah 9:6  Describing Jesus as Mighty God
  • Isaiah 7:14  Immanuel “God with us”
  • Col 1:14-15, 19; 2:9
  • John 8:24(b)
  • John 14:6-14
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4
  • Isaiah 40:9
  • John 20:28 “My Lord and my God!”
  • 1 John 5:20 KJV & NIV
  • Philippians 2:6-11
  • Hebrews 1:3
  • Psalm 68:19 NIV
  • Titus 2:13
  • Revelation l:6,8
  • 1 Timothy 1:17
  • John 5:18; 10:30
  • Jude v25

For me, just getting Jesus in His rightful place changed things a great deal.  He is  amazing, awesome, greater, bigger, more powerful, to be worshiped, bowed down before, than before.  No, a person can’t wrap their minds around this but I truly do not believe we can.  We accept it in faith; we don’t have to be able to explain it. Just to be very, very thankful for Him! Jesus said in John 8:24 “If you do not believe that I am He, you will indeed die in your sins.”  That makes it pretty clear as well.

I loved Jesus before knowing who He fully was but now I’m even more in love with Him.  To grasp that He, who was God, was willing to come to earth as a man and yet fully God is truly beyond comprehension.

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9 thoughts on “How Big Is Jesus Really?

  1. I was sent a blog post yesterday about this subject of the trinity and it expressed so much better than I could have, so I decided to post it here. It is written by Joe Stowell from his daily devotional “Strength for the journey”. Here it is:

    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

    If I were God—and I know a lot of people including my wife who are deeply grateful that I’m not—I might very well have planned a stealth arrival to our planet to keep people guessing about who I really was.

    Think of how cool it would have been for God to be here and for no one to know it was actually Him. With the old sunglasses, fake nose, and mustache trick, He could sneak into a lot of places without being noticed. The advantage of being able to check up on religious folk to see what they were really like when they thought He wasn’t looking is almost too tantalizing of an option to refuse! He could do the Santa routine: making a list and checking it twice. And to most people that would make a lot of sense since masses of us assume that God considers it great sport to spend his time finding out who’s naughty and nice. Then, after getting the scoop, He could quietly disappear and plan His sting operation against our wayward ways.

    But you’ve got to give God a lot of credit. He resisted the temptation and arrived on our planet in the person of an unshrouded and wide-open Jesus. And most surprisingly, He didn’t come to find out who is naughty and nice. He already knows that. Instead, He came to shock us about God. To prove once and for all that God was not a stingy-hand-wringing-grimacing-out-of-touch-with-reality God who can’t wait to pull the trigger. But rather a God who generously disperses the rare items of grace and mercy to all who have at one time or another slipped up. And that’s all of us! A God whose love was not the mushy kind but tough enough to risk a life-threatening rescue mission so that all of us might recover and experience the ultimate satisfaction that He promises—guaranteed!

    And, it must be admitted, masses in our day have found the real Jesus to be anything but elusive. In fact, they have found Him to be compellingly available. And, for the suspicious among us, it is not just the feeble and weak who flee to Him for rest and comfort (though He gladly grants rest and comfort to those who find themselves shoved to the bottom of the heap). Many highly placed, intelligent, prosperous, and privileged people have found—in the midst of their abundance and instant access to thrills and stuff—that they are still hanging out the vacancy sign on the door of their hearts. It is these people who are finding that Jesus does exactly what He says He will: cancel the smoke-and-mirrors show and fill the hollow recesses of life with hope, purpose, and the pursuit of all that is truly significant!

    So, here’s the good news. If you embrace the real Jesus, you will find Him to be deeply rewarding and wonderfully different. Wonderfully different from anyone you have ever known. Wonderfully full of grace and truth!

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  2. Just lovely! Since leaving the meeting group (from a lifetime in it) God has given me so much revelation the joy is uncontainable! I had never thought twice about Jesus being God, just thinking He was an extraordinary man to fulfill Gods will. Finding He is God has deepened my faith to no end! I pray our family and friends still bound by meetings will see that those of us that have had our lives miraculously changed by God and His grace have a joy that is real. A joy they thirst for. Praise God for being more than we can imagine!!! May all we say and do glorify Him! He has already won this battle, we are here to know Him! #loveunending

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      • I like that you said it takes a personal revelation to understand, Craig. Makes us even more grateful to be touched by the very hand that created the universe!!
        #foreverthankful

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        • It is very humbling and profound, isn’t it? I am thankful that you share in this.

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  3. It took years for me to wrap my head about this subject and I still don’t completely comprehend it. Kevin and I have discussed this subject over and over again. He brought out a good point today that even Jesus disciples didn’t understand even after Peter said, “who do you say that I am?”. Thomas didn’t believe until he could put a hand in Jesus wounds.

    It is something which can only be revealed by revelation, even understanding why it is important to know who He is. If you think Jesus was just a man who lived a perfect life, pray God will open your eyes!

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  4. I never participate in arguments about the “Trinity”. Like so many things, people line up scriptures to support their argument while ignoring others. You said it well, Darla, that it takes a personal revelation to understand that the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are different manifestations of the same entity. I used to have such a small view of God, also. It was the miracle of becoming a father, myself, that began to allow a revelation of His role as Father to us, His Children. I realized how much bigger he was than our greatest obstacle and yet how interested He is in the minute details of our life. I once thought that he was not to be bothered with “little” things. If he knows when a sparrow falls and the number of the hairs on our head, then believe me, he is interested in everything about us! Thank you for reminding us that the limits we face are self-imposed, not imposed by God.

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