“I and the Father are one.” Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:30-33; NIV
Is Jesus God? The short answer: YES. In our post on understanding the Holy Trinity, we learned that Christians do not worship three different Gods as pagans, but that our God is in fact ONE, and He has manifested Himself in three different ways—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
This concept doesn’t always make sense to us, as many things of God are beyond our level of understanding. To simplify it, people often use the example of a man being a son, a husband, and a father all in one. However, for some, that explanation just isn’t enough. I think the best way to understand how God can be three persons in one is by reading Exodus 3:14.
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14; NKJV
In Exodus 3, Moses has an encounter with God at the burning bush, and He instructs Moses to go back to Egypt to free the children of Israel from slavery and lead them to the promised land. When Moses asks who will he say has sent him, God responds, “I AM WHO I AM.” Another version says, “I AM THAT I AM.” God is the Great I AM. He is anything, and He is everything. He can be whatever we need Him to be; a provider, a way maker, a miracle worker, a redeemer, a savior. God is all-powerful, His knowledge is vast, His ways are pure. We’ve seen the magnificent sites His hands have created. Why then do we continue to doubt that He can split Himself up into three different versions all in an effort to get closer to us? That would contradict everything we understand about God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of men . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, and the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4, 14; NIV
Knowing that God can do anything He puts His mind to, is it so hard to understand that Jesus IS God? John 1 calls Him the Word of God, the revelation of God’s will in the flesh. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says that He has come to fulfill the Law. In other words, He has to fulfill the will of God. What is God’s will? His sovereign decree, His spoken word, and it never changes (Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; Hebrews 13:8). Psalm 138:2 says the God has put His word above His name. If you don’t believe anything else, believe His word. Genesis 1 tells us that when God speaks, things happen. “Through [His Word] all things were made; without [His Word] nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3). This is reaffirmed in Colossians 1:16; “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”
Consistently the Bible tells us that Jesus and God are one, but I think the best example comes in John 8:58, when Jesus brings it all together full circle back to when God first revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 3: Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
Jesus IS God. Jesus IS I AM. Jesus IS.
“For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7; NKJV
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing to us who you are. You are our everything, Father, and we praise you for being all of that and more. Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who came to fulfill everything you have said and to save us. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, whom you’ve sent to guide us into all truth. Thank you for being all that we need in this life, for you are the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, who was and is and is to come. We put our trust and hope in you always. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.