“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.